May Prentice House (Home of the Wick Poetry Center and Poetry Park)
The May Prentice House, a residence of historical significance to Kent State University, serves as the home of the Wick Poetry Center, which encourages new poetic voices by promoting opportunities for individuals and communities locally, regionally, and nationally. Wick engages emerging and established poets and poetry audiences through readings, publications, workshops, and scholarship opportunities.
In addition to housing the Wick staff and intern offices, the house offers a state-of-the-art digital classroom, the Stan and Tom Wick Library, the Jo Woodward Reading Room, and a third-floor Poet’s Loft for quiet reflection and student conferences. Adjacent to the house, the Poetry Park offers an inviting space to gather with friends or sit alone for reflection and inspiration, a 50-seat performance amphitheater, and an outdoor gallery with changeable display kiosks.