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
Mariam Makatsaria is an international honors student majoring in Magazine Journalism with a minor in Writing. She was born in Tbilisi, Georgia but moved to live in Cairo, Egypt when she was three. After living there for 16 years, Mariam moved to live in the United States where she saw snow for the first time. She is currently columnist for the Georgian Journal, a weekly newspaper published in her home country. Even though does most of her writing in English, Mariam is also fluent in Arabic and Georgian. Besides writing, she enjoys singing and performing, exercising, drawing and reading
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.
Kyle Snyder is a senior working to complete his bachelor's degree in English with a writing minor and a TEFL certificate. His work has been featured online by Luna Negra magazine. He is an outreach intern at the Wick Poetry Center and feels fortunate to be a part of its work with poetry and the inspiring environment. He enjoys reading, writing, fine art, crafts, cooking and consuming food and being outdoors. Kyle lives in Akron, Ohio with two charming cats and a crotchety pooch.
Natasha Rodriguez-Carroll is a graduate student in the NEOMFA consortium and the Wick Poetry Center Fellow. She has a BA in Spanish from Kent State University. As an undergraduate she was an intern at the Wick Poetry Center and served as student representative on the Advisory Board. She won the Undergraduate poetry competition in 2009, and her poem "Mothers" is part of the Speak Peace Traveling Exhibit. Natasha lives in Kent, Ohio, with her husband and daughter.
Lisa Grande is a senior working to complete an Integrated Studies degree with a triple minor in psychology, sociology and writing. Her poetry has been published in Luna Negra magazine. She is an outreach intern at the Wick Poetry Center and is grateful to be part of such a beautiful organization.
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.