Staff


Director

David HasslerDavid Hassler is the author of two books of poems, including Red Kimono, Yellow Barn, for which he was awarded Ohio Poet of the Year 2006. He is the author of several nonfiction books as well, most recently the play, May 4th Voices: Kent State, 1970 based on the Kent State Shootings Oral History Project (The Kent State University Press, 2013). 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.


Outreach Manager

Nicole RobinsonNicole 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.


Program Manager


Jessica JewellJessica 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. She is currently working on her PhD at Kent State, studying the internationalization of Higher Education. 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.


Fellows and Interns

Shelby Driver is a junior Fine Arts student minoring in Writing. She later wishes to become a children's book illustrator and continue to breach the gap between visual art and writing. She recently took second place in the 2nd Annual Peace and War Scholarship Competition and her piece will be published in the Spring 2014 edition of Luna Negra. She is married and enjoys spending time doing boring married people stuff and knitting hats for her friends. Shelby thinks being an intern at Wick is pretty awesome, and couldn't ask for a better experience. 

Christerpher McCann is a senior Honors student majoring in English with a Writing minor. He enjoys writing poetry and fiction when he is not reading. In the future, he hopes to become a college professor and shape young minds. Christerpher is excited to be a Wick intern and looks forward to all of the great things the Wick Poetry Center has planned.

Sarah McIntosh is a junior English major with a writing minor. Her writing has been published in Brainchild magazine, and she now is writing for the Flyover Country Review blog. As an incoming freshman in 2011, she won the Wick Poetry Honors Scholarship. She is an outreach intern at the Wick Poetry center and feels incredibly lucky and thankful to be a part of such a special, engaging organization. In her free time, you can find her reading anything from mental_floss magazine articles to Palahniuk, writing poetry and fiction, perusing Tumblr, and listening to music (as well as making it on her guitar, Sydney).

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. 

Tony Wade is a sophomore English major. He is an outreach intern at the Wick Poetry Center, and is very excited for this great opportunity. In addition to writing poetry, he enjoys playing guitar and singing.

Katelynd Jarvis is a Senior English major and is a second semester intern with the Wick Poetry Center. She has found the experience to be extremely rewarding and educational and loves the fact that she gets to enjoy poetry daily as well as meet new people and encourage others to take part in the voice that poetry provides. She enjoys browsing poetry blogs in her spare time and reading novels as thick as bricks in dark corners of coffee shops, her with her goth soul.

Angel Mack is a senior with a major focus in magazine journalism and two minors in psychology and creative writing. In addition to interning at the Wick Poetry Center, which she loves, Angel serves as the editor-in-chief of Luna Negra Magazine, Kent State University's independent student publication for literature and the arts. Her writing portfolio was chosen for first place in the Donna Zurava Memorial Award writing portfolio competition for 2012-2013, which astounded her because she bound it herself with scrapbook paper and decorative tape.


Advisory Board

  • Pamela R. Anderson
  • Kenneth J. Bindas
  • Katherine Burke
  • Vera Camden
  • Alice Cone
  • Flo Cunningham
  • Paul Gaston, III
  • Gary Harwood
  • Sanford Marovitz
  • Babacar M'Baye
  • Katherine Orr
  • Scott Parsons
  • Maj Ragain
  • Valora Renicker
  • Kim Sebaly
  • Richard Steigmann-Gall
  • Joanna Trzeciak
  • Anderson Turner
  • Will Underwood
  • Christopher Wick
  • Catherine Wing