The Wick Poetry Center may only have 4 employees and be the size of a small house, but the some massive things are in the works on the inside.
The Center currently houses a few creative writing/classes and its employees run the Traveling Stanzas a poetry outreach group that is active in the Kent Community.
Wick employees hope to spread poetry beyond Northeast Ohio however.
Wick has partnered with national organization The Academy of American Poets to launch their own iOS application.
The app, called Emerge was born out of Blackout Poetry, a style of poetry where you pull words from a primary text to create your own unique wording. Wick’s outreach manager Charles Malone said, “It makes anyone into a poet, having that language in front of you is far less intimidating then a blank page.”
“It makes anyone into a poet, having that language in front of you is far less intimidating then a blank page.”-Charles Malone, Outreach Manager Wick Poetry Center
The App is interactive, allowing you to select certain words from a set of paragraphs. Once you’ve highlighted your words the rest of the text disappears and you’re able to share your new text with the world.
Both Wick and The Academy Of American Poets hopes to launch the application in the next few months.