The Wick Poetry Center is now accepting poetry submissions as part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the May 4 shootings. The poems should resonate with the themes of peace, conflict transformation, and student advocacy. We are accepting submissions in three categories: youth, adult student, or adult non-student. Poet, songwriter, and novelist, Naomi Shihab Nye, will select one winner from each category who will receive $500 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Kent State University to read their poems during the May 4 Music and Poetry Event on April 21. Two poets will receive honorable mention prizes for $250 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Kent State to read their poems during the April 21 event. All winners will have their poems set to a musical composition by students in the Kent State University School of Music.
Our current schedule of events for the year-long observance of the 50th commemoration of May 4, 1970 are posted below. Be sure to check this page often and our Facebook page for updates. Please note: Events on this page are subject to change.