Poetry and Children Day at Binghamton University scheduled for May 24
More than 400 students from 33 schools and 11 school districts will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 24, in the Osterhout Concert Theater of the Anderson Center at Binghamton University for the 29th 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 Lydia Melvin, a PhD candidate in English at Binghamton University. Melvin has taught creative writing and literature courses at a variety of colleges and universities including the University of Houston and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her poems have appeared in numerous publications and her first poetry collection, South of Here, was published by New Issues Press (2005).
Melvin received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee and her master’s degrees in literature and creative writing from Western Michigan University.
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.