Wick Poetry Center

The goal of the Wick Poetry Center is to promote educational and artistic opportunities for emerging and established poets and poetry audiences locally, regionally and nationally. Established in 1984, the Wick Poetry Center is one of only 10 poetry centers in the country and the only one with such a broad base of activities, from elementary school outreach to a nationally recognized book and reading series.


The Wick Poetry Center is endowed with funds from Robert and Walter Wick in memory of their sons Stan and Tom. For 25 years it has sponsored scholarship awards in poetry to undergraduate students and entering freshmen at Kent State. The center also sponsors an annual poetry reading series featuring eight to 10 nationally and internationally prominent poets. In cooperation with the Kent State University Press, the Wick Poetry Center sponsors a poetry chapbook competition for Ohio writers, as well as the $2,000 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize for a full-length book of poems by anyone who has not yet published a book. The winning books are published by the KSU Press and the winners are invited to give a public reading of their work on campus.

Located in the College of Arts & Sciences, the Wick Poetry Center offers fellowships for graduate students in English or creative writing, writing internship opportunities for undergraduates from across the university, and a service-learning class called “Teaching Poetry in the Schools.” The center also sponsors an outreach program to area elementary and secondary schools and other community organizations. Each spring student poets present an evening of original poetry and song called “Giving Voice” which draws a large audience from the university community, as well as from the northeast Ohio region.


Information on Wick publications may be obtained from The Kent State University Press.

Services Provided

  • Scholarships
  • Fellowships
  • Reading series
  • Workshops
  • Classes
  • Book publications
  • Outreach to schools and community organizations


David Hassler, Director

301 Satterfield Hall
Kent State University
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, Ohio 44242-0001
Phone: 330-672-2067
Fax: 330-672-3333
Email: dhassle1@kent.edu

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