Traveling Stanzas: Writing Across Borders exhibit opens Jan. 19 in Akron

Traveling Stanzas: Writing Across Borders presents an interactive exhibition that features work by participating members of local refugee and immigrant communities. The free display is open to the public from Jan. 19 - Feb. 17 in the main gallery of Summit Artspace in Akron.

Traveling Stanzas: Writing Across Borders is a project created by Kent State University's Wick Poetry Center and School of Visual Communication Design students and alumni. Its goal is to encourage new voices through creative tools and engaging experiences. 

Show participants submitted videos of poems, original or published, in their own language. Submissions were paired with graphic designs and showcased as public art pieces throughout Akron.

The Wick Poetry Center has taken these works and turned them into digital exhibits on large touchscreen displays where users can browse poems in different languages. Visitors can interact with digital tools, which turn their voices into poems that are incorporated into the exhibition. Guests can also create their own poems out of inspirational or important cultural texts and print them out as part of the Summit Artspace show. 

Gallery Hours:

Thursdays and Fridays: noon - 7 p.m.
Saturdays: noon - 5 p.m. 

The gallery will also be open from 5-9 p.m. Feb. 3 for Akron Artwalk and Feb. 15 for 3rd Thursday. 

Visit to learn more about the Traveling Stanzas project and its digital toolkit.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 11:42am
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 4:52pm