Wick Poetry Center to Host 2015 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize Winner

By Kate Schwanke

Leah Poole Osowski, recipient of the 2015 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize, and Adrian Matejka, author of The Big Smoke, will read from their published works on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Architecture and Environmental Design, Room 120.

The Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize is offered each year to a poet who has never published a full-length collection of poems. Osowski won the 2015 award for her collection Hover Over Her, which was selected by Matejka.

David Hassler, director of the Wick Poetry Center, says this annual reading has been a highlight of the Wick Poetry Reading Series.

“Now in its 22nd year, the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize for a first book of poems, chosen by a distinguished poet, continues to encourage new voices nationally,” Hassler says.

Osowski’s work has appeared or will be published in multiple outlets, including Black Warrior ReviewThe Cincinnati ReviewHotel AmerikaThe JournalMid-American ReviewSalamander and Third Coast. Osowski received her master of fine art degree in creative writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she was a reader for Ecotone magazine.

Matejka has authored several award-winning poetry collections, including his most recent book, The Big Smoke, which was awarded the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award and the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. He is currently teaching in the master of fine art program at Indiana University in Bloomington and also is working on a new collection of poems and a graphic novel.

For more information about the Osowski, Matejka and the Wick Poetry Center Reading Series, visit www.kent.edu/wick/reading-series.