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Director's Message

IMAGE: David Hassler at the fall 2010 Wick Reading Series.
Welcome to the Wick Poetry Center.

After a wonderful start to our Fall Reading series with Celebrating Our Own, a reading by our 2013 scholarship winners, we are excited to announce our next reading on Wednesday, November 6, with distinguished poet Dorianne Laux and Michael Mlekoday at 7:30 p.m. in the Kiva Auditorium. Laux selected Mlekoday's book, The Dead Eat Everything, as the winner of the 2012 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize. We are thrilled to have Michael Mlekoday on campus throughout the week to participate in discussions and lead a student poetry workshop. In addition to the evening reading, Dorianne Laux and Joseph Millar will give a talk and conversation about poetry at 11 am on November 6 in Room 317 of the Kent Student Center.

On Tuesday, November 19, with co-sponsorship from KSU-NAACP, we will host a reading by Joshua Bennett, a poet and teaching artist from Yonkers, NY. He has recited his original work at venues such as the Sundance Film Festival, The NAACP Image Awards, and President Obama’s evening of poetry and music at The White House. He is currently a second-year PhD candidate in the English department at Princeton University, where he focuses primarily on African American nature writing. The reading will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Oscar Ritchie Hall Community Theater. Before the reading, there will be a community potluck dinner in Oscar Ritchie Hall, Room 250, at 5:30 pm. Please call Rachelle Chavez at 330.672.2067 to register. We hope you can attend what will surely be a memorable evening.

Our final reading this fall will be on Thursday, November 21, when we will host a World Poetry Reading co-sponsored by Kent State University's Office of Global Education. The World Poetry Reading is a celebration of poetry from around the world and will involve students who have participated in our world poetry workshops this semester. In addition, all Kent State students, families, and friends are invited to the celebration to read from their favorite international or original poem in any language.

If you have not yet seen our new Wick Poetry Center app, I encourage you to download it for free from You will be able read about all of our Wick authors and view interviews, poetry animations and lesson plans from our Traveling Stanzas community arts project.

Finally, we are very pleased to announce that our fundraising campaign for the Wick Poetry Center’s new location and interactive poetry park on the Lester A. Lefton Esplanade is gaining terrific momentum and support. To learn more about this exciting project and how you can participate, please click the “house and park” tab on our website.

We hope to see old and new friends at our many readings and events this November.

In peace and poetry,

David Hassler
Director, Wick Poetry Center

In 1984 Robert Wick, a sculptor and former art department faculty member at Kent State University, and his brother, Walter Wick, established what is today known as the Wick Poetry Center in memory of their sons Stan (1962-1980) and Tom (1956-1973).

“Out of painful beginnings, my brother Walter and I have found great meaning in…the success of Wick Poetry and the future of young poets.” —Robert Wick
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