Celebrating Tommy Freeman's Life
The Wick Poetry Center kicked off its 2019-20 event series year on September 13 with a celebration of Tommy Freeman’s life. The event was held in Room 120 of the Center for Architecture and Environmental Design with a reception afterward that expanded into the Wick Poetry Center’s Poetry Park. The event had a large turnout, attended mostly by family and close friends of the Freemans, as well as Kent State students and members of the Wick family.
Tommy Freeman was a Kent State graduate and avid writer, winner of the 2013 Wick Undergraduate Poetry Scholarship. His love for adventure and the outdoors led him on many trips, mostly on foot, through Cuyahoga Falls and across much of the United States, to Mexico and throughout South America. During his travels, he often kept journals where he documented his encounters with the beauty of the natural world and the people he met. However, on the morning of June 30, 2017, Tom disappeared on the edge of the Darien Jungle in Puerto Obaldia, Panama. In the midst of this tragedy, his family was inspired by Tommy’s legacy and used this event as a night to celebrate his life through philanthropy and poetry.
Opening with welcoming remarks, David Hassler, director of the Wick Poetry Center, thanked the family for the honor to help host this
After the poetry reading, guests were invited to enjoy fellowship with one another. Food was provided and people stayed in the Poetry Park well into the night to enjoy each other’s company, surrounded by music and more of Tommy’s poems. The event was a stepping stone to fulfill Cindy Freeman’s wish that her son’s life continues to be cherished and shared with the world.
“I think the world needs to hear Tom’s voice now,” she said.