Naomi Shihab Nye Book Signing
Naomi Shihab Nye Book Signing

Wick Poetry Center News

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 10:37am

This academic year, Kent State Student and slam poet Damien McClendon has been leading performance poetry workshops at the Wick Poetry Center. Participants write, read, watch slam videos, and discuss the craft of performance poetry. 

These workshops are free and open to...

Friday, January 29, 2016 - 2:09pm

The Kent State University Women’s Center presented 12 female students with its Sage Project Award for overcoming barriers and finding balance in following their path and making their mark at Kent State. The Sage Project Award reception took place on March 11 in the Moulton Hal...

Lesley Jenike
Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 9:38am

We are so pleased to announce that Lesley Jenike has been selected as the winner of this year’s Ohio Chapbook Prize for her collection Punctum. Jenike's full-length books are Ghost of Fashion (CW Books, 2009) and Holy Island (Gold Wake Press, 2014). Her poems have appeared in...

Seth Murray at AWP
Sunday, December 20, 2015 - 12:29pm

We attended the AWP Conference in April, which was held in Minneapolis, with several staff members and students. Though the conference has grown to over 10,000 participants, Wick had a strong presence at the conference and the book fair where we reconnected with Wick authors,...

Friday, December 18, 2015 - 4:26pm

As the Fall 2015 semester comes to a close, we have to give the warmest of thanks to our incredible student interns, workers, and graduate fellow. This year was extra special, as we were able to start the semester with two days in Millersburg, Ohio at the Young's Artist Reside...

Nicole Robinson, Brandon Johnson, and Molly Kohut
Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 11:58am

We have expanded our work with Akron Children’s Hospital (ACH). The Emily Cooper Welty Expressive Therapy Center at ACH now funds the following creative writing workshops: one hour group writing session for adolescent psychiatric inpatients; two one hour group writing sessions...

Teaching artist Carly Sachs with Wick Juniors participant Shreya Basu
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 3:06pm

The Wick Poetry Center, in Kent State University’s College of Arts and Sciences, recently received two grants from the Ohio Arts Council. The grants, totaling $28,368, will help support the Wick reading series, student scholarships, poetry publications, outreach wor...

Encouraging New Voices in the Poetry Park
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 2:48pm

The Wick Poetry Center, with support from the Howard Atwood Family Fund of the Akron Community Foundation, identified classrooms throughout Akron Public Schools to receive weekly poetry workshops led by WPC t...

Giving Voice
Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 12:00am

We are thrilled to be a finalist for the Knight Arts Challenge and to have our Traveling Stanzas project promote the voices of students, immigrants, and refugees in the city of Akron!


World Poetry Reading
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 12:58pm

The World Poetry Reading was the best medicine for all of the terrible news lately. Over 100 students and community members came out to hear 11 international students read poems in their native languages. People in the audience were literally cheering. Poetry is one of the bes...