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Support Wick's New House and Park on the Esplanade

House and Park


Click to read the impact statements for the PARK and HOUSE

Dear Friends of Wick,

For nearly thirty years, the Wick Poetry Center has been encouraging new voices locally, regionally, and nationally, and bringing poetry to people's everyday lives. Now the Wick Poetry Center is poised to begin a new era by relocating onto the University Esplanade close to an exciting, revived downtown Kent and adjacent to a new park that will showcase community voices and serve as an outdoor gathering space. Let me tell you about both of these exciting transformations.
The proposed new location for the Wick Poetry Center is a historic home and former residence of Kent State’s first female faculty member, informally called the “May Prentice House.” The University is relocating the house onto the new esplanade, which weaves through the university and connects to downtown Kent. Due to Wick’s growing popularity and community impact, the center needs a larger and more flexible space for its programming. Proposed plans include a digital community classroom and versatile meeting space for various public functions. In short, it will be an ideal and visible new home for our Center. The university is financing the house’s relocation and is enabling the Wick Poetry Center to take root there pending our fund-raising efforts. Please click here to read the detailed impact statement for the proposed house.
Another exciting feature of the Wick Poetry Center's relocation is an interactive "poetry park" that will sit adjacent to the center's new home. This inviting green space will be centrally located on the esplanade and will feature an outdoor gallery which will showcase the award-winning Traveling Stanzas™ posters designed by Kent State’s Glyphix Design students; and also serve as a gathering space for quiet reflection or public events, performances, and classroom visits. Utilizing the newly designed Wick Poetry Center mobile application, visitors can digitally interact with the poetry exhibits through audio, video, and animation. As a community landmark, the poetry park will be a source of great pride for town and gown and become a destination point for community members, local schools’ writing classes, and participants in poetry writing outreach programs. Visitors to the esplanade, the KSU Hotel and Conference Center, and other retail establishments will be able to easily access the park as well. Thanks to the generosity of Carol Gould’s initial gift the design of the park has already begun and the Professor Edwin S. Gould Amphitheatre will be named in memory of her late husband, poet and university professor. Please click here to read the detailed impact statement for the proposed park.
Whether your heart speaks to a new facility to engage students, poets, writers, faculty, and the community; or your passion is ignited by a green space and performance area, I hope you’ll find one of these projects worthy of your support.
Please click here to make an online gift (In Step 3, please select "Let me decide where to designate my gift". In the drop down menu, make sure to select either "Wick Poetry May Prentice House" or "Wick Poetry Park") You can also send a check made payable to the Kent State University Foundation/Poetry House (or Poetry Park) to Wick Poetry Center, PO Box 5190, Kent, OH 44242-0001. To discuss naming gifts, contact me or Mindy Aleman as listed on the attached case statements.
Please join Carol Gould, and my wife Lynn and me, and others, in making a tax-deductible gift to help us create a new home and gathering space for the Wick Poetry Center on the esplanade, so that we may continue to encourage new voices for 30 more years!

David Hassler
Director, Wick Poetry Center