Wick Poetry Center

For 30 years, Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center has been encouraging new voices – locally, regionally and nationally – and bringing poetry to people’s everyday lives through readings, publications, workshops and scholarships. Now, the Wick Poetry Center, part of the College of Arts and Sciences, begins a new era by relocating from Satterfield Hall to the Lefton Esplanade.

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2014 Undergraduate and High School Poetry Scholarships! Michael Mlekoday, winner of the 2012 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize, selected the undergraduate winners from a pool of truly remarkable finalists.

 

Undergraduate Winners

1st Place: Ryan Lind for “A Kandiyohi County Road" (see poem below)

2nd Place: Amber Dean for "I was taught"

3rd Place: Kinsey Brown for "Witchcraft"

 

Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center presents the 13th annual Giving Voice performance on Thursday, May 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.

The performance features local students (grades 3-12), senior citizens, veterans, medical care providers and patients from area hospitals all performing original poetry.

Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center will present the 2014 Symposium on Democracy from April 22-24. The symposium is a three-day event featuring multiple speakers and events.

Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center will host poet Martín Espada as part of the Symposium on Democracy on April 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Kent Student Center Kiva. The event is free and open to the public.

“The audience will be treated to a sampling of Mr. Espada’s beautiful poems, which are both lyrical and explicit, and which manage to strike the perfect balance between the personal and the political,” says Natasha L. Rodriguez-Carroll, graduate fellow at the Wick Poetry Center.

Ted Kooser

Celebrate National Poetry Month at Kent State University with the third annual U.S. Poet Laureate Reading featuring two-time U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser on April 10.

Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center presents the World Poetry Reading, a celebration of poetry from around the globe, on Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 317 at the Kent Student Center. The event is free and open to public.

The event, co-sponsored by Kent State’s Office of Global Education, will feature 12 readers from places such as Hungary, Syria, Colombia, Jordan, Georgia, Malaysia, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Russia, Germany, China and Saudi Arabia. They will share poems from their home countries.

Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center has been awarded two grants from the Ohio Arts Council. A sustainability grant of $13,308 will go toward general programming, and an arts partnership grant of $13,958 will support the Wick Poetry Center’s Traveling Stanzas Community Arts Project.

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