Traveling Stanzas: Immigrant Voices

Lakewood Public Library and the Friends of Lakewood Public Library are proud to partner with the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University to host Traveling Stanzas: Immigrant Voices, an interactive exhibit including creative writing tools and activities. Acknowledging the unique experiences of immigrants in our community, this public display engages a dialogue through the intimate and inclusive voice of poetry. Traveling Stanzas: Immigrant Voices will be on view from March 1 through April 30, 2019. The exhibit is open during Library hours, Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Main Library Second Floor Gallery and complementary display at the Madison Branch, with supporting programs throughout the spring and summer.

Traveling Stanzas: Immigrant Voices contains original poetry written by people in our community. Prior to the exhibit, teacher artist Katie Daley, worked with groups from the Cuyahoga Community College’s Aspire ESOL classes at Taft School, students in the ASIA Inc. After School program and students from Garfield and Harding Middle Schools. During these workshops, students were engaged with writing prompts and exercises to write verse that reflect experiences from childhood, their home countries and daily life in general. The Emerge Stations at Main Library and Madison Branch allow visitors to create their own “erasure” poetry using original texts. View poems.

Lakewood Public Library invites you to read and share in these unique experiences, and learn more about the backgrounds, observations and feelings of our neighbors by visiting the Traveling Stanzas: Immigrant Voices exhibit.


Traveling Stanzas logo  KSU Wick Poetry Center

Staffed Exhibit Time

When visitors interact with digital creative tools such as Emerge or Thread, their voices will be incorporated into the exhibit in a variety of ways—from a scrolling group poem to posted cards printed from the Emerge web application. If you want to engage with these tools, but don’t know where to start, visit while our […] Read More

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Poetry Workshop Led by Leanne Hoppe

From the Italian, stanza means a room—a place to pause. Indeed, Traveling Stanzas offers individuals moments of pause, with which to reflect on their lives, their city and a shared experience of their community. Leanne Hoppe, local teacher, editor and translator will lead workshops in the Traveling Stanzas Exhibit to give attendees a structured moment […] Read More

Documentary – Traveling Stanzas: Immigrant Voices The Other Side of Immigration

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Poetry Workshop Led by Leanne Hoppe

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 is reserved for individuals 18 and under. From the Italian, stanza means a room—a place to pause. Indeed, Traveling Stanzas offers individuals moments of pause, with which to reflect on their lives, their city and a shared experience of their community. Leanne Hoppe, local teacher, editor and translator will lead workshops […] Read More

Music of American Immigrants — Brian and Kristen Bigley with Ruairi Hurley

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Immigrant Voices

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Staffed Exhibit Time

When visitors interact with digital creative tools such as Emerge or Thread, their voices will be incorporated into the exhibit in a variety of ways—from a scrolling group poem to posted cards printed from the Emerge web application. If you want to engage with these tools, but don’t know where to start, visit while our […] Read More

Poetry Workshop Led by Leanne Hoppe

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 is reserved for individuals 18 and under. From the Italian, stanza means a room—a place to pause. Indeed, Traveling Stanzas offers individuals moments of pause, with which to reflect on their lives, their city and a shared experience of their community. Leanne Hoppe, local teacher, editor and translator will lead workshops […] Read More

Film ─ Piñero (2001)

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