This event will feature the first public poetry reading from children and adult participants of the Wick Poetry Center’s Traveling Stanzas: Writing Across Borders project and a ribbon cutting for two outdoor, interactive poetry kiosks.
The Traveling Stanzas kiosks installed in The Bud and Susie Rogers Garden at the Akron Art Museum will join the family of Traveling Stanzas designs in northeast Ohio and around the world. Visitors to the garden will be able to read the poem onscreen, and press an audio button to hear the voice of the child or adult poet. Poems are presented on digital pages with illustrations created specifically for them by students and alumni of the School of Visual Communication Design at Kent State University. Individuals can also visit the kiosks digitally by accessing the Poetry Map at http://www.travelingstanzasmap.com.
Traveling Stanzas: Writing Across Borders is a project of the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University in collaboration with Visual Communication Design students and alumni. With major support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Wick Poetry Center has engaged the Akron community in a cross-cultural, intergenerational conversation through poetry and graphic design. Working with Project Learn, Urban Vision, and the International Institute of Akron’s (IIA) refugee and immigrant populations, as well as the Akron Public Schools (APS), Wick is offering weekly poetry workshops to encourage people of all ages to share their voice across the divisions of language, age, and culture.
This event is co-sponsored by the Wick Poetry Center, Kent State University, and the Akron Art Museum.