Wick Poetry Center

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Below are four projects highlighting 40 years of the Wick Poetry Center’s work building connections between poetry and other disciplines. Explore and add your voice.

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Since 1984 the Wick Poetry Center has been encouraging new voices through readings, publications, workshops, and scholarship opportunities, and promoting creative projects and interventions where practice intersects with healing, social justice, and the environment.

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Healing

Respond to “Facts of Life” by Padraig Ó Tuama

Healing
Projects

Healing Stanzas projects provide innovative tools to caregivers to engage individuals in the healing powers of poetry. Wick Poetry Center teaching artists lead expressive writing workshops in healthcare settings for patients, caregivers, families, and community members, as well as train health educators and providers on digital tools that help individuals tell their stories of personal and spiritual healing.

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Peace

Respond to “Everything Changes the World” by Naomi Shihab Nye

Peace
Projects

With origins in the painful history of Kent State University’s May 4, 1970 shootings, the Wick Poetry Center’s Poetry & Peace projects offer participants ways to creatively explore themes of conflict transformation, peace, advocacy, and healing.

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Science

Respond to “For All” by Gary Snyder

Science
Projects

In 2017, the Wick Poetry Center collaborated with poet and environmental activist Jane Hirshfield to create the Poets for Science project. Since then, Poetry & Science projects offer participants around the world the ability to confront issues most important to their communities, including escalating environmental catastrophes due to climate change. The Wick Poetry Center’s Poetry & Science projects address issues of environmental justice as well as celebrate the natural world and our connection to it.

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Social Justice

Respond to “Freedom Story,” created by the Wick Poetry Center for the Washington National Cathedral’s Now and Forever Windows project

Social Justice
Projects

Communities around the country are increasingly addressing the cultural reckonings driven by ongoing institutional and colonial oppression against Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. The Wick Poetry Center and its staff are committed to using poetry to engaging in the process of undoing the impacts of historical oppression on marginalized communities, and the Wick Poetry Center’s Poetry & Justice projects open safe, accessible, and creative spaces for participants to address issues of social justice with the aim of increasing community connectedness and belonging.