We turn to poetry to give voice to what is troubling us, to honor what we love, to make sense of our lives, to remember our past, and to commemorate what we’ve lost. From the Italian, stanza means a room—a place to pause. Indeed, Traveling Stanzas offers individuals moments of pause, pockets of time, with which to slow down and reflect on their lives, their city, and a shared experience of their community.
The Traveling Stanzas Map allows people to visit public displays, hear a poem read by a poet, and receive walking or driving directions to each location.
Expanding on the centuries old technique of erasure poetry, Emerge prompts users to write poetry using seminal texts as inspiration.
Over three hundred people visited the opening of the Traveling Stanzas: Writing Across Borders exhibit at Summit ArtSpace. Poets and designers mingled with members of the Akron and Kent State University communities and shared their experiences in Traveling Stanzas workshops. Visitors shared in the power that poetry has to create intimate and inclusive spaces for all to tell their stories.
The Chautauqua Institution has partnered with the Wick Poetry Center to create the Chautauqua Makerspace, located in the historic colonnade building on Bestor Plaza.
The Wick Poetry Center and the Kent design firm Each + Every unveiled the Traveling Stanzas exhibit to a national audience at the AWP conference in Tampa, Florida, in March 2018.
The Global Education Benchmark Group partnered with the Wick Poetry Center to collaborate in giving voice to attendees at their annual conference Friday and Saturday April 27–28.
The Writing Across Borders Exhibit celebrates the diverse cultural identity of our democracy and encourages communities to tell their stories through poetry.
Through our exhibits, we facilitate cross-cultural, intergenerational conversations through poetry and design—offering people of all ages opportunities to share their voices across the divisions of language, age, and culture.
Traveling Stanzas can shape a better future by inspiring creative and healing conversations in a society that feels increasingly isolated and divided.
Our expert staff and teaching artists offer workshops and creative programs in locations across the country.
Traveling Stanzas community arts projects bring poetry to people’s everyday lives through innovative methods and digital platforms.