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Wick Poetry Center to Host 13th Annual Performance of Giving Voice

Posted Apr. 21, 2014
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Pictured are two past Giving Voice participants. 

Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center presents the 13th annual Giving Voice performance on Thursday, May 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.

The performance features local students (grades 3-12), senior citizens, veterans, medical care providers and patients from area hospitals all performing original poetry.

“All in attendance will have the remarkable opportunity to deeply listen as each poet approaches the microphone and leads us to a new experience or way of looking at the world,” says Nicole Robinson, outreach manager for the Wick Poetry Center.

The Giving Voice performance showcases material created in the Wick Poetry Center’s outreach programs. These workshops are led by Kent State undergraduates enrolled in the service-learning course “Teaching Poetry in the Schools.”

Robinson says this is one of her favorite events of the year.

“It brings together people of all ages to lift their words from the page and give voice to their poems,” she says.

For more information about Kent State’s Wick Poetry Center, visit