Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize Reading | Kent State University

Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize Reading

Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center will host the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize Reading, featuring poets Jane Hirshfield and Matthew Minicucci on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kiva.

Hirshfield is the author of two books of essays and eight collections of poetry, including newly published The Beauty. Throughout her career, Hirshfield has accumulated a number of literary honors, including the Poetry Center Book Award, fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations, the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry and in 2012, she was elected a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

Hirshfield selected Minicucci’s first full-length collection, Translation, for the 2014 Wick Poetry Prize. Minicucci’s work has been published in or is forthcoming in numerous journals and anthologies, including Best New Poets 2014, Blackbird and The Southern Review, among others. Minicucci currently teaches writing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize is offered annually to a poet who has not previously published a full-length collection of poems. The winner is awarded $2,500 and publication of his or her first full-length book of poetry by the Kent State University Press.

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