Best Kept Secret: WCU Poetry Center

Roses are red, violets are blue, check out the Poetry Center at WCU!

Formed in 2000, the WCU Poetry Center aims to enhance the appreciation of and encourage the study of poetry. The Center offers a variety of programs and services including:

  • Instruction of traditional poetry techniques
  • Poetry readings and poetry teas
  • Mini-conferences on several poetic craft topics
  • Training teachers in teaching poetry and form
  • Recognition of poetic achievement through awards such as the Iris N. Spencer Awards
  • Hosting renowned poets
  • Collaboration with the WCU School of Music and Performing Arts
  • Aralia Press, one of the country’s leading literary fine presses.

One of the most renowned programs hosted by the WCU Poetry Center is the West Chester University Poetry Conference (WCUPC). WCUPC is the nation’s largest annual poetry conference. According to the Poetry Center, “WCUPC is unique because it offers workshops in traditional poetic craft, and provides a national forum to discuss major trends in contemporary
poetry.”

Want to get involved or learn more? The WCU Poetry Center is located at 823 S. High Street. More information can be found
on their website.

Written by Carol Fritz, Peer Educator

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