aroundkent Magazine Vol 13 2017

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up from Ohio today, that would be jarring, but home is so much more than that. It’s where the people you love are, and it’s where the people you’re willing to love and support will be … Every day I go to teach, whether it’s to Urban Vision or IIA, I come back changed, I come back new. Every day is a growing opportunity.”

Skype conversation with President Beverly Warren in Florence, Italy where she read one of her poems.

Continued from page 45 us to one of our oldest technologies—the written word—Traveling Stanzas: Writing Across Borders celebrates the diverse, cultural identity of our region and will engage a national, civic dialogue through the intimate and inclusive voice of poetry. Kent State English major and Wick teaching artist Regis Coustillac, who has been leading writing workshops with refugee and immigrant children and adults, says that this opportunity has made him think about his own sense of home. “To be able to share my love of this place is one thing,” says Regis Coustillac, “but more than that, it’s taught me about the word home, and the idea of family. If I were to be picked

Superhero by Day Soe Wah, Karen People displaced from Myanmar. Design by Lisa Cook.

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Our Traveling Stanzas project, with a 2-year total budget of $250,000, is currently the largest grant for poetry in our country. We are grateful for the many sponsors, foundations, and individuals in our own community who have helped us raise the $125,000 match for our Knight Foundation grant. Additionally, with sponsorship from the College of Communication and Information, a twosemester environmental design class is engaging undergraduate and graduate students to create the environmental designs of the interactive, digital exhibit.