A Wick Junior learns about poetry on an inspiring field trip.

Outreach

The Wick Poetry Center engages individuals and communities in the transformative power of poetry. Members of the Wick Outreach Program provide writing workshops, discussion groups, and professional development to a variety of communities throughout northeast Ohio. 

For information on conducting any of the following programs in your community, contact Nicole Robinson:

  • Pre-K to 12th grade classrooms—Writing workshops in public and private schools. Number of workshops determined by need and availability.   
  • Professional development for teachers and administrators—Workshops to help educators better use poetry in standard-based curricula.
  • Medical care providers and patients—Writing workshops offered to hospital patients and staffs in pediatric, psychiatric, oncology, palliative care/hospice settings. Read an article in the Cleveland Clinic's Alumni Connection about Wick's outreach at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.
  • Veterans—Weekly free-writing workshop led by poet Major Ragain during the fall and spring semesters.
  • Community centers—Writing workshops or discussion groups based on need and availability.
  • Senior/retirement centers—Writing workshops or discussion groups based on need and availability.
  • Libraries—Writing workshops, discussion groups, and readings by local children and community members.
  • Wick Juniors Creative Writing Camp—Wick Juniors Creative Writing Camp is being offered in partnership with the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Students entering grades 3 through 12 will experience two full days, July 27 & 28 from 10am to 4pm, with the Wick Poetry Center teachers at Kent State University. It also includes overnight camp experience, from July 29 through July 31, in bunkhouses at the Environmental Education Center in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Through guided hikes, pond dips, and more, the young writers will explore how the natural world influences our writing. A culminating reading will follow at the Wick Poetry Center’s Poetry Park. 
  • Teaching Poetry in the Schools—As part of the Outreach Program, Kent State University students have the opportunity to enroll in the course “Teaching Poetry in the Schools.” Offered through the Department of English, the class helps prepare students to conduct their own poetry writing workshops. These student-teachers are placed in local classrooms and community centers. The course culminates with “Giving Voice,” an annual performance that includes over 150 participants who participated in the Wick Outreach Program throughout the year.
  • Traveling Stanzas is a collaborative project between the Wick Poetry Center and Glyphix design studio. The series of artistic posters features poems by student writers (grades 3–12), health care providers, medical students, patients, and veterans. Read more about the Traveling Stanzas.
  • Voices of Dan Street: A blog of poetry by adolescents from the Ohio Summit County Juvenile Detention Center. This page was created to house and display the voices from the Ohio Summit County Juvenile Detention Center in Akron, Ohio, where each week, teaching artists work to empower adolescents with the strength of their own words. In collaboration with the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University, the pieces posted on this blog are products of these sessions and have not been altered other than for grammar and spelling corrections.