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Poetry Center

Address: 
720 South High Street 
Main Hall, Rm 151
West Chester, PA 19383


Phone: 610-436-2598 
Email: poetry@wcupa.edu

2020 Poetry Conference

The Poetry Center offers a variety of programs and activities that
help expand its mission of bringing poetry to an ever-widening audience.

The Poetry Center administers the following awards and activities:

  • Iris N. Spencer Poetry Awards, including the Donald Justice Poetry Prize,
    the Iris N. Spencer Undergraduate Poetry Award, the Myong Cha Son Haiku Award,
    Wil Mills, and the Rhina Espaillat Award.
    To learn more about each award visit the Contests and Awards page.
  • Poet-in-residence
  • Poetry reading series
  • Mini-conferences on topics related to poetic craft.
  • Art song concerts in collaboration with WCU's School of Music and Performing Arts.

The West Chester University Poetry Center offers an active, interesting, and diverse slate of activities.
We invite you to join us and discover the joys of poetry.

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the West Chester University Poetry Conference and
National Poetry Month, this year's conference will be held April 2-4, 2020 with Poet
Molly Peacock as Keynote Speaker.

Stay tuned to this website for more information and updates.

The WCU Poetry and the Poetry Faculty Advisory Committee welcome Meg Day. Meg Day is the author of Last Psalm at Sea Level, winner of the Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize and The Publishing Triangle's 2019 Audre Lorde Award, and a finalist for 2016 Kate Tufts Discovery Award from Claremont Graduate University, a 2015 Lambda Literary Award in Poetry, and Jacar Press' Julie Suk Award. Day is also the winner of the 2012 Gertrude Press Chapbook Contest and the 2013 Gazing Grain Chapbook Contest. Day was raised in northern California's Bay Area, holds a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego, an M.F.A. from Mills College, and a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing with an emphasis on Disability Poetics from the University of Utah. The 2015-2016 recipient of the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship and a 2013 recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, Day is Assistant Professor of English & Creative Writing at Franklin & Marshall College and lives in Pennsylvania. 'I'm Deaf, Genderqueer, & still alive.' Come meet Meg Day: performance, slam and bilingual poet. All readings and class visits are free and open to all. Meg's book, Last Psalm at Sea Level, will be available for purchase. October 17 - Intro to Writing Class - 12:30-3:15pm - Main Hall, Room 200; November 7 - Painting & Poetry - 12:30-3:00p - E.O. Bull, Room 168; November 19 - Open Reading - 7:00pm - Francis Harvey Green Library.

The WCU Poetry Center and the Poetry Faculty Advisory Committee welcome Meg Day

Come meet Meg Day: performance, slam and bilingual poet

All readings and class visits are free and open to all. Meg's book, Last Psalm at Sea Level, will be available for purchase.

  • October 10 Round Table ASL, 3:20-4:20pm - Mitchell Hall, Room 102
  • October 15 Life Experience as Deaf and GenderQueer, 12:30-1:45pm - Mitchell Hall, Room 103
  • October 15 Life Experience as Deaf and GenderQueer, 2:00-3:15pm - Mitchell Hall, Room 103
  • October 15 ASL Poetry, 4:25-5:40pm - Mitchell Hall, Room 103
  • October 17 Intro to Writing Class, 12:30-3:15pm - Main Hall, Room 200
  • November 7 Painting & Poetry, 12:30-3:00pm - E.O. Bull, Room 168
  • November 19 Open Reading, 7:00pm - Francis Harvey Green Library

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Mission Statement

The West Chester University Poetry Center was created in 2000 to further the study and appreciation of poetry. The goals of the Poetry Center are to:

  • provide the nation's finest instruction in the diverse traditional techniques of poetry.

  • provide an international forum for the discussion of poetic form and prosody.

  • train teachers in the art of teaching poetry and poetic form.

  • foster the necessary dialogue between practicing poets and critics in a culture that too often separates them.

  • recognize poetic achievement through the Iris N. Spencer Awards.

  • illustrate the important connections between contemporary poetry and fine printing.

Poetry Conference Fiscal Review

Poetry Center Advisory Board

The West Chester University Poetry Center Advisory Board supports the overall objectives of the West Chester University Poetry Center, including the Iris N. Spencer Poetry Awards, through promotional and fund raising activities.

Board members are identified and recommended by the members of the WCU Poetry Center Advisory Board and the Program Director of the Poetry Center in consultation with the West Chester University Advancement Office. All appointments to the Board are approved and made by the President of West Chester University. The Board is composed of members/advocates of the arts community, University alumni, and local and national business and civic leaders.

Current Board Members:
Kean Spencer, President
Jesse Waters, Poetry Center Director
K. Hyoejin Yoon, Senior Associate Dean
Rhina Espaillat
Dana Gioia
Urs Joho
George Reitnour
Kyle Spencer

WCU Faculty Advisory Committee

 

The Faculty Advisory Committee’s purpose is to support the mission of the WCU Poetry Center, as articulated in its founding NEH endowment grant: "to create an environment in which humanities and arts are integrated, and focused on the broader implications of Poetry".

Specifically, the committee’s charge is to:

  • Work with the Program Director to integrate the activities of the Poet-in-Residence and other visiting poets by helping to design the events and facilitate connections to classes, coursework, academic calendar, student organizations, faculty/student research, etc.

  • Advise the Program Director and Dean on WCU faculty and student priorities and how they can be addressed through the Poetry Center’s activities.

  • Ensure the participation of WCU faculty and students by supporting and promoting the Poetry Center’s activities.

Current Faculty Advisory Committee Members: 
Kristin Ervin, English 
Len Kelly, Theatre and Dance 
Ruth Porritt, Philosophy 
Kate Stewart, Art + Design
Kris Benedict, Art + Design 
Eirini Panagiotidou, English; Linguistics
Gloria Hernandez, Languages and Cultures

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