One of the leading university poetry centers in the United States and the only one with an interactive poetry park, the Wick Poetry Center is unique for its range of impactful programming, which includes
education, performance, publications and outreach.

Established in 1984 when brothers Robert and Walter Wick endowed the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Scholarship Awards in memory of their sons Stan (1962- 1980) and Tom (1956–1973), the Wick Poetry Center encourages new voices locally,regionally and nationally.

Appointed in 1992 as chair of the Wick Poetry Program, Professor Emerita of English and Founding Director Maggie Anderson expanded the scholarship program to include an annual reading series and, in collaboration with The Kent State University Press, a chapbook competition for Ohio poets and the national Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize for a First Book of Poems.

In 2004 the Wick Poetry Program officially became the Wick Poetry Center within the College of Arts and Sciences and further developed its outreach programs for school children, university students, adults and seniors. Considered a major advocate for the literary arts in Northeast Ohio and the country, the center provides opportunities for emerging and established poets and poetry audiences.


Wick Poetry Center Staff

David Hassler, Director

Nicole Robinson, Outreach Manager

Jessica Jewell, Program Manager

For more information about the Wick Poetry Center, visit us here or like us on Facebook.  


The Wick Poetry Center app was developed by Zsolt Boga at Zengo Kft.

The Wick Poetry Center app was designed by Ruth Turner.