Poetry and Children Day scheduled for May 21
More than 415 students from 33 schools and 11 school districts will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 21, in the Anderson Center Concert Theater at Binghamton University for the 26th annual Poetry and the Children Day.
Poetry and the Children Day, 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 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 Jan Quakenbush, an editor, director, poet, teacher and playwright whose work has been performed nationally and internationally. Quakenbush, who has conducted writer’s workshops across the United States as well as in England, Germany and Canada, is an adjunct professor at Broome Community College and leads a writer’s workshop at Barnes and Noble in Vestal, New York.
After the opening presentation, students will present their poems in the Lecture Hall. Each student participating in the event will receive a copy of an anthology created from the original works. Partially underwritten by the Oakdale Mall and Susan Clark-Johnson, the anthology is prepared by the Office of the Dean of Harpur College and distributed to teachers and local libraries. Susan Clark-Johnson is a 1967 Binghamton University graduate and former publisher of the Binghamton Evening Press, the predecessor to the Binghamton Press & Sun- Bulletin.