Wick Poetry Center

Wick Poetry
Center

Celebrating 40
Years of Poetry&

Wick Poetry Center:
Celebrating 40 Years of Poetry &

September 19–21, 2024
Kent Campus, Kent State University

In honor of the Wick Poetry Center’s 40th anniversary, we invite you to join us for a celebration at Kent State University. Over two days and three nights of festivities, our keynote speakers, Padraig Ó Tuama, Naomi Shihab Nye, Jane Hirshfield, and Adrian Matejka will give readings and host engaging panels.

Each day Wick Poetry Center staff will guide attendees through generative writing workshops and immersive tours of interactive exhibits centered around the themes of Poetry & Healing, Science, Peace, and Social Justice. As we celebrate four decades of creativity and community, we are also delighted to feature poet and founding director Maggie Anderson, along with our accomplished Wick prize-winning authors.

Lakewood Public Library, Kent State University: College of Arts and Sciences, Brain Health Research Institute, and the Division of Research & Economic Development

Keynote Speakers

Padraig
Ó Tuama

Poetry & Healing

Friday, September 20

Naomi
Shihab Nye

Poetry & Peace

Friday, September 20

Jane
Hirshfield

Poetry & Science

Saturday, September 21

Adrian
Matejka

Poetry & Social Justice

Saturday, September 21

Maggie
Anderson

Founding Director, Wick Poetry Center

Program & Info

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Full Program

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Join us at the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center for a welcome reading and reception featuring Wick founding director Maggie Anderson and past winners of the Stan and Tom Wick and Ohio Chapbook prizes.

 

4:00pm–6:00pm
Check-in and registration, Kent State University Hotel

5:30pm–7:00pm
Reception with refreshments, Kent State University Hotel

7:00pm–9:00pm
Reading featuring Maggie Anderson and Wick authors, Kent State University Hotel, Sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council

Participate in several different tours of interactive exhibits focused on the theme of Poetry & on the Kent Campus and visit the Wick Poetry Center and Maj Ragain Poetry Park. In the afternoon, Naomi Shihab Nye and Pádraig Ó Tuama will host a panel on Peace & Healing, followed by a writing workshop. That evening, Naomi Shihab Nye, Pádraig Ó Tuama, Jane Hirshfield, and Adrian Matejka will give a poetry reading sponsored by the Woodward Foundation. Attendees are then invited to a late-night open mic at the Venice Café in downtown Kent.

 

8:00–9:00am
Morning gathering with coffee and pastries at the Kent State University Hotel

9:00am–12:00pm
Self-guided and facilitated tours of interactive exhibits departing from the Kent State University Hotel

12:00pm–1:00pm
Lunch (on your own)

1:00–2:30pm
Peace & Healing Panel with Naomi Shihab Nye and Pádraig Ó Tuama at the Kent State Hotel

2:30pm–3:00pm
Break

3:00pm–4:30pm
Writing workshop led by Wick Poetry Center staff

6:00pm–7:00pm
Reception at Cartwright Hall sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences, hors d’oeuvres provided.

7:00pm–9:00pm
Poetry Reading featuring Naomi Shihab Nye, Pádraig Ó Tuama, Jane Hirshfield, and Adrian Matejka sponsored by the Woodward Foundation

9:00pm–Midnight
Open Mic at the Venice Café sponsored by the Poetry Foundation

Participate in several different tours of interactive exhibits focused on the theme of Poetry & on the Kent campus and visit the Wick Poetry Center and Maj Ragain Poetry Park. In the afternoon, Jane Hirshfield and Adrian Matejka will lead a panel on Poetry & Science, followed by a writing workshop. That evening, we will conclude our celebration with a gala dinner and program featuring remarks by Kent State University President Todd Diacon, Wick family members, keynote speakers, and others.

 

8:00pm–9:00am
Morning gathering with coffee and pastries at the Kent State Hotel

9:00am–12:00pm
Self-guided and facilitated tours of interactive exhibits departing from the Kent State University Hotel

12:00pm–1:00pm
Lunch (on your own)

1:00pm–2:30pm
Poetry & Science Panel at the Integrated Sciences Building hosted by the Kent State Brain Health Research Institute

2:30pm–3:00pm
Break

3:00pm–4:30pm
Writing workshop led by Wick Poetry Center staff, Harrick Garden Room, University Libraries

6:00pm–10:00pm
Gala Dinner and Program, Kent Student Center Ballroom

Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center

Book a stay at the Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center: 215 S Depeyster St, Kent, OH 44240. Use the promo code “WICK40” at checkout when making a reservation for a discounted rate.