Poets for Science Press Kit
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Kent State at the March for Science
The Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University has driven innovation and generated national distinction for over three decades through its award-winning Traveling Stanzas project, which brings poetry to people’s everyday lives in communities around the world.
At the inaugural March for Science, a global demonstration centered in Washington DC, a special edition of Traveling Stanzas titled Science Stanzas will provide an opportunity for participants to discover the intersection of expressive writing and scientific inquiry.
On April 22, 2017, demonstrators around the world will participate in a 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 will join the marchers at the Teach-In on the National Mall in Washington D.C.
The Wick staff will lead visitors in a poetry-writing exercise to creatively engage with seminal scientific writing. Participants will have the opportunity to share their poem on the website, science.travelingstanzas.com, and on social media using #PoetsForScience.
Our #PoetsforScience effort will also showcase 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 will hand out before the march and make available for download at satellite marches around the world.
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.
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