Poetry and Children Day scheduled for May 22 at Binghamton University
Over 350 students from 30 schools and 11 school districts will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, in the Anderson Center Concert Theater at Binghamton University for the 25th 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 Tony Medina. Medina is the author of 10 books, the most recent of which are DeShawn Days, Love to Langston, Bum Rush the Page and Role Call. His poetry, fiction and essays appear in over twenty anthologies and on 2 CD compilations. Born and raised in the Bronx and a resident of Harlem, Medina taught English at several universities, including Long Island University's Brooklyn campus and Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY.
After the opening presentation, students will proceed to the Lecture Hall complex to present their poems. Each student participating in the Poetry and the Children event will receive a copy of an anthology created from their 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 is also 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 of the Binghamton Press & Sun- Bulletin.