Reading Series 2020/21

Reading Series 2020/21

Student Open Mic

Date: Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020 | 7 p.m.

Online Event

The Wick Poetry Center presents the first virtual reading of 2020 and invites Kent State University students and community members to share a poem or short piece of prose. All are welcome and no experience is necessary, though we ask you keep your reading to under two minutes as to allow for as many readers as possible.

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Date: Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020 | 7 p.m.

Online Event

Alfredo Aguilar is the son of Mexican immigrants. He is the author of On This Side of the Desert, selected by Natalie Diaz for the 2019 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize, and the chapbook What Happens On Earth (BOAAT Press 2018). He is a recipient of 92Y’s Discovery Poetry Contest and has been awarded fellowships from MacDowell, the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, and the Frost Place. His work has appeared in The Shallow Ends, Best New Poets 2017, The Adroit Journal, and elsewhere. Originally from North County San Diego, he now resides in Central Texas.

Natalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California, on the banks of the Colorado River. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2012. She is 2018 MacArthur Foundation Fellow, a Lannan Literary Fellow and a Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellow. She was awarded a Bread Loaf Fellowship, the Holmes National Poetry Prize, a Hodder Fellowship, and a PEN/Civitella Ranieri Foundation Residency, as well as being awarded a US Artists Ford Fellowship. Diaz teaches at the Arizona State University Creative Writing MFA program.

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From the Desire Field
Mexico - Tenochtitlan






Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020 | 7:30 p.m.

Online Event

This event will spotlight the 2020 Wick Poetry Center scholarship winners. Each winner will have the opportunity to share their work. An open mic, in which anyone is welcome to read, will follow. Come celebrate poetry with us by sharing your poems and discovering the new voices around you. 

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