Stan and Tom Wick Ohio Chapbook Prize Winner to Read Poetry at Kent State University
By Ellie Enselein
Lesley Jenike, winner of the Stan and Tom Wick Ohio Chapbook Prize, will read poems from her new chapbook Punctum: on Thursday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 306AB in the Kent Student Center as part of the 2016-2017 Wick Poetry Reading Series.
The reading will last approximately 45 minutes and will be followed by a book signing and light refreshments. The event is free and open to the public. This is Jenike’s first time reading at Kent State.
Jenike has been published in several prominent journals, including Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, Smartish Pace and Rattle.
“The collection of poems are a love story to a lost child,” says David Hassler, director of the Wick Poetry Center. “It’s a haunting meditation on absence, and each person will read it for both who and what isn’t there.”
Jenike teaches writing and literature at the Columbus College of Art and Design. She has received numerous scholarships and fellowships.
“The poems take every opportunity to inhabit a moment and widen the lens so that a reader might see it from every angle,” says Catherine Wing, associate professor of English. “Lesley Jenike writes with the precision and awareness of a surgeon, and we are honored and lucky to have her read for us at the Wick Poetry Center.”
Punctum: is published by the Kent State University Press.