A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Robert Wick (1935-2022)

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Robert (Bob) Wick, co-founder, benefactor, and beloved friend of the Wick Poetry Center. Bob and his brother Walter established the Center 37 years ago in the memory of their sons, Stan and Tom, with the loving mission to support young poets. With luminous wisdom and selfless generosity, Bob impacted the lives of so many people in communities around the world.

The Wick family asks that in lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Wick Poetry Center in his loving memory:

Make a Donation In His Loving Memory

Checks made out to the Wick Poetry Center can be sent to: Wick Poetry Center, Kent State University, 126 S Lincoln Street, Kent, OH 44242 c/o David Hassler.

Please join us in celebrating his tremendous life and legacy. With extraordinary gratitude and heartfelt love, we wish the entire Wick family sincere condolences. Below you will find a link to an online memorial page where we encourage everyone who has been impacted, changed, moved, or inspired by Bob’s life or the work of the Wick Poetry Center to share your story.

Share your Story about Bob Wick


For more than 35 years, the Wick Poetry Center has been encouraging new voices by promoting creative opportunities for individuals and communities locally, regionally, and nationally. Wick engages emerging and established poets and poetry audiences through innovative digital tools, readings, publications, workshops, and scholarship opportunities.

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