Binghamton University hosts the 31st annual Poetry and the Children Day

2008-05-08

More than 400 students from 36 schools and 12 school districts will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 21, in the Osterhout Concert Theater of the Anderson Center at Binghamton University for the 31st annual Poetry and the Children Day.

The program, which brings students together for a day of poetry readings, was established as a memorial to Robert Pawlikowski. A published poet, creative writing instructor and campus administrative assistant, Pawlikowski drowned in 1975 while on vacation with his family. The event is a tribute to the efforts that Pawlikowski made during his lifetime in nurturing the expressive and intellectual powers of his students as well as those of his own children.

This year’s guest poet is Joe Weil, a member of the Binghamton University English department.  He has conducted workshops at all grade levels for teachers and students in and around the tri-state area.  Weil has been a poet-in-residence at Union County College and Solomon Schecter Grade School, the school system of Basking Ridge, New Jersey.  He is also a recipient of a three-year federal grant to work with at-risk children in Paterson, New Jersey. 

Weil has authored three books of poetry, most recently, The Pursuit of Happiness and has two new books of poetry forthcoming from Texas Review Press and Night Shade Press.  His work has been widely anthologized, most recently in “Poets of New Jersey from Colonial to Contemporary.”  He has shared featured readings with such nationally known poets as Gerald Stern, Philip Levine and Allen Ginsberg. 

After the opening presentation, students will present their poems in the Lecture Hall. Partially underwritten by the Oakdale Mall and Susan Clark-Johnson, an anthology is prepared by the Office of the Dean of Harpur College and distributed to teachers and local libraries. Clark-Johnson is a 1967 Binghamton University graduate and former publisher of the Binghamton Evening Press, the predecessor to the Binghamton Press & Sun- Bulletin.

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