The Department of Pan-African Studies at Kent State University is pleased to announce its third biennial Africa and the Global Atlantic World Conference that will take place at Kent State University, on April 8, 2016. This year’s conference is themed “Cultures, Identities, and Racial Violence in the Pan-African World” and aims to explore new ways of studying the complex experiences of Africana people worldwide.

We attended the AWP Conference in April, which was held in Minneapolis, with several staff members and students. Though the conference has grown to over 10,000 participants, Wick had a strong presence at the conference and the book fair where we reconnected with Wick authors, sold word nerd tee shirts, Traveling Stanzas posters and postcards, and Kent State University Press poetry series books. We also spread the word about our interactive Traveling Stanzas exhibits, and showed pictures of our new house and park.

As the Fall 2015 semester comes to a close, we have to give the warmest of thanks to our incredible student interns, workers, and graduate fellow. This year was extra special, as we were able to start the semester with two days in Millersburg, Ohio at the Young's Artist Residency. We had a wonderful time discussing poetry, reading and writing, and bonding over delicious meals, gorgeous stars, and a mist-combed sunrise. As a staff, we believe that we work with the best students at Kent State.

We have expanded our work with Akron Children’s Hospital (ACH). The Emily Cooper Welty Expressive Therapy Center at ACH now funds the following creative writing workshops: one hour group writing session for adolescent psychiatric inpatients; two one hour group writing sessions for the Behavioral Health Partial Hospital Program; a monthly one-hour staff-support writing group; and one hour writing sessions offered on a weekly basis for two in-patients (or families) from throughout the hospital.

The Wick Poetry Center, with support from the Howard Atwood Family Fund of the Akron Community Foundation, identified classrooms throughout Akron Public Schools to receive weekly poetry workshops led by WPC teaching artists Alice Cone, Daniel Dorman, and Bo Geisse, and Casey Nichols from February 2, 2015 through May 18, 2015.

Kent State University at Stark invites the public to attend open forums that will introduce the four finalists for the Dean and Chief Administrative Officer position at the Stark Campus. As part of the interview process, each candidate’s presentation will include a discussion of the following:

Wick Poetry Center to Host Ohio Premier Film Screening, Co-sponsored by the Kent Stage and the Western Reserve Folk Arts Association

By Marcus Donaldson

Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center, with co-sponsors the Kent Stage and Western Reserve Folk Arts Association, will host the Ohio premier film screening of Even Though the Whole World Is Burning at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the Kent Stage. The film documents the achievements of famed poet W.S. Merwin. The film screening is free and open to the general public. 

Main Street Kent Continues Tradition of Black Squirrel Friday and Small Business Saturday; Mayor Fiala Declares Free Two-Hour Parking Day

There are many benefits to shopping at local businesses, and Main Street Kent is happy to provide a few more good reasons to "shop small" this holiday season. The days immediately following Thanksgiving are meant to get holiday shopping done -- or at least get it started -- and now there are even more reasons to do it in Kent, thanks to Main Street Kent and the city of Kent.