About Poets for Science

Poets for Science

On April 22, 2017, demonstrators around the world participated in the March for Science in a call to support and safeguard the scientific community, fact-based decision making, basic research, and freedom of speech for scientists. Partnering with poet and environmental spokesperson Jane Hirshfield, the Wick Poetry Center joined the marchers at the Teach-In on the National Mall in Washington D.C.

Poets for Science

The Wick Poetry Center's #PoetsforScience effort showcased twenty 7-foot banners with science-themed poems curated by Jane Hirshfield and designed by Each + Every design studio, as well as hundreds of #PoetsforScience posters, which we handed out before the march and are available for download here for satellite marches around the world. 

During the March for Science, Wick Poetry Center conducted a workshop to create Emerge poems. This ongoing activity encourages participants to make “found” poems using 6x9 printed postcards with different science-based texts. Using a technique that the Wick Poetry Center calls “emerge,” participants mark out words and phrases so that other words and phrases can emerge from these seminal scientific texts to create a poem.

The Traveling Stanzas Project

The Traveling Stanzas project is born from the belief that poetry is for the people. 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. The word “stanza,” from Italian, literally means “a small waiting room in a train station.” Indeed, Traveling Stanzas offers people moments of pause, pockets of time, with which to slow down and reflect on their lives, their communities, and to participate in a shared creative experience.

Using the newest digital technology to connect us to one of our oldest technologies—the written word—Traveling Stanzas celebrates the diverse, cultural identity of our democracy and can engage all people in a national, civic dialogue through the intimate and inclusive voice of poetry. Traveling Stanzas initiatives include a global poetry website, mobile poetry exhibit, public transit posters, greeting cards, and public listening installations.