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Traveling Stanzas Poetry and Design Project at Kent State University

Posted Oct, 22, 2009

Traveling Stanzas is a unique collaborative project between the School of Visual Communication Design's Glyphix design studio and the KSU Wick Poetry Center. It combines the creative talents of VCD students with area student writers (grades 3–12) senior citizens, and veterans to promote poetry and design within the community. Poetry is selected from the Wick Poetry Center's outreach program and illustrated by Glyphix student staff members. 

During the 2009 spring semester, eight posters were created for display on area buses and businesses. The project was well-received in the community and supported by Akron Metro Transit Authority, the PARTA bus system, City Bank Antiques, and Family & Community Services in Portage County. The project has received some local publicity: the Record Courier ran an article during the summer and the Daily Kent Stater featured a full-page article about the project this fall.

This academic year brings plans for the second edition of Traveling Stanzas with an expanded format. With writing by students, seniors and published authors Dr. Edward Tick and Naomi Shihab Nye on the theme of “peace,” the designs will be produced on posters and greeting cards. This group of “Peace Stanzas” will again be displayed  in area buses as well as in businesses and public libraries in northeast Ohio. Plans to further evolve the project include animated e-cards and a multimedia video presentation. The e-cards, which will be distributed from a web site at no charge, can easily be sent anywhere in the world and are part of the ongoing mission of the Traveling Stanzas project to promote literacy, appreciation for design and a positive message to the local community and beyond. The posters and greeting cards will be sold to help sustain the initiative in the future. The College of CCI's new integrated marketing agency, the Tannery (article), will be employed to expand the marketing plan for the sales and distribution of Peace Stanzas products. This will offer the opportunity for further collaboration between KSU students and expand the University's connection to the community. 

With this year’s theme of “peace,” Traveling Stanzas seeks to reach a world-wide audience. To increase awareness, displays are planned during Kent State University’s commemorative events of the 40th anniversary of May 4, 1970. In the fall of 2010, the Peace Stanzas project will be displayed at Case Western Reserve University for an International Conference on Peace and War sponsored by the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence.

Event Notice:
Monday December 7th, 2009

12pm Edward Tick will give a talk and slide show on his work with veterans and PTSD and the yearly reconciliation trips he leads to Viet Nam. Peace Stanzas posters and greeting cards will be offered for sale at the event.

Kiva Auditorium, Kent Student Center

7:30pm Reading
Room 306 ABC, Kent Student Center
For more information: Wick Poetry Center Events