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Wick Advisory Board Members

Pam AndersonPamela R. Anderson is director of philanthropic giving at Kent State University’s public radio station, WKSU-FM. She is a graduate of Hiram College (BA in communications and writing) and Kent State University (MA in English literature) and currently is a master’s candidate in the NEOMFA program with a concentration in poetry. Her poem “My Brother’s Coat: January 1943” was recently recognized as a winner in the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Intro Journals Project and will be published in Controlled Burn. Other poems, book reviews, and articles have appeared in the Barn Owl Review, Whiskey Island Press, Hobble Creek Review, Epitome, Penguin Review, and elsewhere. 


Paul GastonPaul L. Gaston, III, serves Kent State University as its sole Trustees Professor. This appointment recognizes both his service as provost from 1999 to 2007 and the breadth of his commitment to interdisciplinary teaching and research in higher education, public policy, and the humanities. Gaston is the author of five books and more than 50 scholarly articles on subjects ranging from poetry and fiction to academic planning, the Higher Education Opportunity Act, general education, and assessment of educational outcomes. His most recent book is The Challenge of Bologna: What U.S. Higher Education Has to Learn from Europe and Why It Matters That We Learn It (Stylus, 2010). He was one of four chief contributors to the Lumina-funded project to define a Bologna-style “Degree Qualifications Framework.” Beyond his academic work, Gaston provides cultural commentary for National Public Radio.



Gary HarwoodGary Harwood has worked as a photographer for more than 28 years and is the co-author of the award-winning Growing Season: The Life of a Migrant Community. His work has appeared in numerous national publications, including the Communication Arts Photo Annual and the Graphis Photo Annual, The Sun Magazine, and Double Take/Points of Entry. He is an instructor for Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication where he teaches Visual Storytelling and other photography courses. He was also an instructor for the Unseen Cleveland photography project, a division of Unseen America, sponsored by the Service Employees International Union. He lives in Kent, Ohio, with his wife, Carole.



Sanford E. MarovitzSanford E. Marovitz, professor emeritus of English at Kent State University, has lectured nationally and internationally and has published widely in critical collections and professional journals, mostly on 19th- and 20th-century American literature. He is co-editor of Artful Thunder: Versions of the Romantic Tradition in American Literature in Honor of Howard P. Vincent (Kent State UP, 1975), co-author of Bibliographical Guide to the Study of the Literature of the U.S.A., 5th ed. (Duke UP, 1984), author of Abraham Cahan (Twayne, 1996), and co-editor of Melville “Among the Nations” (Kent State UP, 2001). Former president and secretary of the Melville Society, Marovitz is also a former president and program chair of the William Dean Howells Society, where he edited its newsletter, The Howellsian, for three years. He is currently a curator of the Aldous Huxley Society. He loves poetry and vigorously supports it but makes no claim to be a poet.


Katherine OrrKatherine Orr (formerly Blackbird) is an assistant professor teaching poetry and creative writing at Kent State University where she received her MA and PhD degrees. Her recent research has focused on poetry as a modality of healing among those impacted by trauma and on the way poems and their images mediate between trauma and a livable post-traumatic life. Orr is recipient of the University Council’s Outstanding Teaching Award and author of the Wick Poetry Chapbook White Sustenance. Her poems have appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Midwest Quarterly Journal for Contemporary Thought, and other publications. She is associate editor of Arsenic Lobster Poetry Journal and faculty advisor for Kent State University’s literary magazine, Luna Negra. She is the mother of two grown daughters and lives in Burton, Ohio.

Will UnderwoodWill Underwood received a BFA from Syracuse University and an MBA from Kent State University. He began his career in publishing as a designer at Syracuse University Press where he went on to become design and production manager. In 1989 he accepted a similar position at Kent State University Press where he was named director in 2001. He is married to Karin Länge Underwood; they live in Kent, Ohio, with their four children.






Kim SebalyKim P. Sebaly, emeritus professor of education at Kent State University, came to Kent from the University of Michigan in 1972. His teaching and research in the social and cultural foundations of education focused on historical studies of modern education in India and the United States. He continues to explore the place of poetry in the language of daily life and educational purpose.





Catherine WingCatherine Wing’s first book of poems, Enter Invisible, was published by Sarabande Books and was nominated for a 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, The Nation, and The New Republic and have been featured in The Writer’s Almanac, Best American Erotic Poems, and Best American Poetry 2010. She has won fellowships and residencies from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Her second collection, Gin & Bleach, received the Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature and is due out in 2012. She lives in Ohio, where she teaches poetry at Kent State University and serves as the editor for the Wick Poetry Center’s Ohio Chapbook Series.