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For over ten years, the Wick Poetry Center has engaged individuals and communities in the transformative power of poetry. Members of the Wick Outreach Program provide writing workshops, discussion groups, and professional development to a variety of communities throughout northeast Ohio. 

Click here to donate to the Wick Outreach Fund. In Step 3, please select "Let me decide where to designate my gift". In the drop down menu, make sure to select "Wick Outreach Fund". You can also send a check made payable to the Kent State University Foundation/Wick Outreach Fund or to Wick Poetry Center, PO Box 5190, Kent, OH 44242-0001.

For information on conducting any of the following programs in your community, contact Nicole Robinson:

  • Pre-K to 12th grade classroomsWriting workshops in public and private schools. Number of workshops determined by need and availability.   
  • Professional development for teachers and administratorsWorkshops to help educators better use poetry in standard-based curricula.
  • Medical care providers and patients—Writing workshops offered to hospital patients and staffs in pediatric, psychiatric, oncology, palliative care/hospice settings. Read an article in the Cleveland Clinic's Alumni Connection about Wick's outreach at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.
  • Veterans—Weekly free-writing workshop led by poet Major Ragain during the fall and spring semesters.
  • Community centers—Writing workshops or discussion groups based on need and availability.
  • Senior/retirement centers—Writing workshops or discussion groups based on need and availability.
  • Libraries—Writing workshops, discussion groups, and readings by local children and community members.
  • Wick Juniors' and Teens' Writing Club—Wick Juniors and Teens meet once a week for eight weeks during the summer on Kent State's campus and take field trips to inspiring locations to write and learn about poetry. This group is open to students entering grades 3 through 10.
  • Teaching Poetry in the Schools—As part of the Outreach Program, Kent State University students have the opportunity to enroll in the course “Teaching Poetry in the Schools.” Offered through the Department of English, the class helps prepare students to conduct their own poetry writing workshops. These student-teachers are placed in local classrooms and community centers. The course culminates with “Giving Voice,” an annual performance that includes over 150 participants who participated in the Wick Outreach Program throughout the year.
  • Traveling Stanzas is a collaborative project between the Wick Poetry Center and Glyphix design studio. The series of artistic posters features poems by student writers (grades 3–12), health care providers, medical students, patients, and veterans. Read more about the Traveling Stanzas here.
  • The Speak Peace exhibit features original poems written by U.S. children, veterans, and established poets in response to Vietnamese children’s paintings on peace and war collected by the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam. Speak Peace will tour nationally until September 2013.

Fourth-grade students at Compton Elementary, Canton, Ohio, take part in the Wick Outreach Program.