Kent State’s Wick Poetry Center Presents the U.S. Poet Laureate Reading on April 6 | Kent State University

Kent State’s Wick Poetry Center Presents the U.S. Poet Laureate Reading on April 6

By Hanna Moore and Taylor Meade

Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center will hold two events on Wednesday, April 6, for the fifth annual U.S. Poet Laureate Reading. Both events will feature poets Charles Simic and Nikola Madzirov, and are free and open to the public.

The first event, Poetry as a Global Conversation, will take place at 1 p.m. in the University Library Quiet Study Area, and it features a question-and-answer forum with the poets.

At 7:30 p.m., the reading itself will be held in the Kent Student Center Kiva. It will include both Simic and Madzirov, with Simic being the featured poet.

The events are co-sponsored by University Libraries, the Honors College and the departments of History and English.

"We are thrilled to bring Charles Simic to Kent State for our fifth annual U.S. Poet Laureate Reading,” says David Hassler, director of the Wick Poetry Center. “Since the mid-'60s, Simic has been writing playful, surprising, yet accessible poems that turn the ordinary into the extraordinary and give us a kind of funhouse glasses with which to view our lives."

Simic is the 15th Poet Laureate of the United States. He was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, in 1938 and immigrated to the United States in 1953 at the age of 15. He has written numerous collections of poems, such as Selected Poems: 1963-2003 for which he received the 2005 International Griffin Poetry Prize; The World Doesn’t End: Prose Poems, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry; and Classic Ballroom Dances, which won the University of Chicago’s Harriet Monroe Award and the Poetry Society of America’s di Castagnola Award. His collection titled Sixty Poems was released in honor of his appointment as U.S. Poet Laureate. Simic also has published a number of prose books, most recently Memory Piano. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and The Paris Review.

Born into a family of Balkan Wars refugees in Macedonia in 1973, Madzirov has received several international awards and fellowships. Madzirov is the author of Remnants of Another Age and Relocated Stone, which received the Hubert Burda European Poetry Award and the prestigious Miladinov Brothers Award. He was awarded the Studentski Zbor Award for Locked in the City and the Aco Karamanov prize for Somewhere Nowhere. Since then, Madzirov has participated in many international literary festivals and events in the United States, Latin America and Europe.

For more information about the fifth annual U.S. Poet Laureate Reading or other Wick Poetry Center events, visit www.kent.edu/wick/reading-series.