Wick Poetry Center News
Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center presents the 14th annual Giving Voice performance on Wednesday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Ballroom featuring original poetry by local students (grades 3-12), international scholars, and Kent State University undergraduates.
Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center will host poet Rita Dove as part of the Fourth Annual U.S. Poet Laureate Reading.
For 30 years, Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center has been encouraging new voices – locally, regionally and nationally – and bringing poetry to people’s everyday lives through readings, publications, workshops and scholarships. Now, the Wick Poetry Center, part of the College of Arts and Sciences, begins a new era by relocating from Satterfield Hall to the Lefton Esplanade.
The Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University has received a $33,472 grant from the Howard Atwood Family Fund of Akron Community Foundation. The grant project, titled “Encouraging New Voices,” is a collaborative initiative between the Wick Poetry Center and Akron Public Schools designed to increase literacy among students in grades 3-12. The project will run from October 2014 to October 2015.
We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2014 Undergraduate and High School Poetry Scholarships! Michael Mlekoday, winner of the 2012 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize, selected the undergraduate winners from a pool of truly remarkable finalists.
1st Place: Ryan Lind for “A Kandiyohi County Road" (see poem below)
2nd Place: Amber Dean for "I was taught"
3rd Place: Kinsey Brown for "Witchcraft"
Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center will host poet Martín Espada as part of the Symposium on Democracy on April 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Kent Student Center Kiva. The event is free and open to the public.
“The audience will be treated to a sampling of Mr. Espada’s beautiful poems, which are both lyrical and explicit, and which manage to strike the perfect balance between the personal and the political,” says Natasha L. Rodriguez-Carroll, graduate fellow at the Wick Poetry Center.
Celebrate National Poetry Month at Kent State University with the third annual U.S. Poet Laureate Reading featuring two-time U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser on April 10.