Staff and Advisory Board
David Hassler is the author of two books of poems, most recently, Red Kimono, Yellow Barn, for which he was awarded Ohio Poet of the Year 2006. With photographer Gary Harwood, he is the author of Growing Season: The Life of a Migrant Community, which received the Ohioana Book Award, the Carter G. Woodson Honor Book Award, and was a finalist for the Great Lakes Book Award. He is coeditor of two anthologies by the University of Iowa Press, Learning by Heart: Contemporary American Poetry about School and After the Bell: Contemporary American Prose about School, as well as A Place to Grow: Voices and Images of Urban Gardeners. He received a BA from Cornell University and an MFA from Bowling Green State University. His poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Sun, DoubleTake/Points of Entry, Indiana Review, and other journals. He speaks widely at state and national conferences on issues of poetry and education.
Nicole Robinson is a former director of high school education and language arts teacher. She teaches poetry workshops as a guest teaching artist in area schools, juvenile detention centers, hospitals and community centers to students of all ages. Her chapbook, The Slop of Giving In, The Melt of Letting Go, was published in 2008. She earned her B.A. from Kent State University and received her M.F.A. from Ashland University. Her poems have appeared in Literary Imagination, A Trunk of Delirium, r.kv.r.y quarterly journal and elsewhere.
Jessica Jewell graduated from Indiana University with a degree in English Literature and earned an MFA from Kent State University where she was the Wick Poetry Fellow. Her poetry has appeared in Cider Press Review, American Poetry Journal, Nimrod, Harpur Palate, Copper Nickel, Fjords Review, Rhino, Barn Owl Review and Poetry Midwest, among others. Her chapbook, Slap Leather, was published by dancing girl press in 2011, and she has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Rachelle Chavez joined the Wick Poetry Center staff in September 2010. She has a BA in political science with a concentration in American politics from Kent State University. Rachelle and her husband are both employees of Kent State University and reside in Kent.
Fellows and Interns
Daniel Dorman is a senior Honors student working to complete his bachelor’s degree in English with a writing minor. After attending various Wick Poetry Center readings and workshops and having peeked into Wick many times, he is overjoyed to be a part of the center. Encouraging new voices is a passion that has grown with his love of poetry.
Ashton Kamburoff is a senior English major with a writing minor and is currently working as a Wick intern. His work has been published in Luna Negra magazine, and he currently lives in Kent, Ohio.
Sarah Bolina is a sophomore Early Childhood Education major. She has always had a passion for poetry and writing, and her writing has been featured on Kent State's TV2 network and kentwired.com. Believing that childhood creativity is important, she hopes to spread her love of literature to all of her future students.
Robin Scheuerman is a senior Speech Language Pathology major at Kent State. She is working as an intern at the Wick Poetry Center, and is very excited to be a part of such a great organization. She enjoys writing, reading, cooking, gardening, and playing with her cat, all of which she realizes make her sound kind of like an old lady, but that's ok.
Rita Steckler is a senior Honors student majoring in Molecular Biology with a minor in Business Spanish. In addition to writing, she enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and kayaking, and you can often find her with her nose in a book. Rita is happy to be a Wick intern.