aroundkent Magazine Vol 13 2017

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TeleProductions students are filming and editing short video interviews of our workshop participants. Our Media Sponsor Western Reserve PBS will feature 30-second TV public service announcements in the coming year. In partnership with the Akron Art Museum, we will install two outdoor Traveling Stanzas kiosks in April, 2017 with audio buttons in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden and celebrate their installation on April 13 with a public reading and reception featuring the refugee and immigrant children and adult writers. And with support from the Kent Free Library Foundation, two outdoor Traveling Stanzas kiosks will be installed in front of the library expanding our evergrowing map. “The arts tell our stories, who we are and where we as a community are going,” says Victoria Rogers, the Knight Foundation’s Vice President of Arts. “Traveling Stanzas is a wonderful example of that. When you watch the videos and read the poems on the site, Northeast Ohio comes alive. And you begin to realize, too, that poetry is a living, breathing force that can both reflect and light up a city. Wick’s project is poetry’s platform, one that has the potential to bring people together through the arts.”

into six languages, and been exhibited in locations around the world, including the Ohio Statehouse, the Tuscan AngloAmerican Festival in Florence, Italy, a multinational War Memorial in Lyon, France, and even a holiday market in Slovakia. “Traveling Stanzas [will be] the most luminous interactive poetry site in the wondrous wide world!” says poet Naomi Shihab Nye, a beloved poet who has taught workshops at Wick and has two poems in the Traveling Stanzas archive. “It honors the voices of the world—all people, all ages. It reminds us why we fell in love with poetry to begin with, it lights up the darkness of which we have plenty, it brilliantly restores the magic of language and hope and connection.” David Hassler is the Director of the Wick Poetry Center. You & I by Linda Zhao, China. Design by Alison Farone.

In addition to the Knight Foundation grant, Traveling Stanzas has been awarded a number of advertising and arts prizes, been translated


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