The West Chester University Poetry Center was created in 2000 to further the study and appreciation of poetry. The goals of the Poetry Center are:
The Center offers a variety of programs and activities that help expand its mission of bringing poetry to an ever-widening audience.
The West Chester University Poetry Center offers an active, interesting, and diverse slate of activities. We invite you to join us and discover the joys of poetry.
A management change has been made at the West Chester University Poetry Center and the Director position is currently vacant. The Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences is undertaking an administrative study of the Center’s organizational structure and operations so that the University can position the Center for continued excellence into the future. As part of this process, the University is commissioning an independent review of the Poetry Center’s finances. This review will confirm the Center’s current financial status and provide valuable information to plan for its long-term success.
Because of these changes and the level of work needed to host an excellent Poetry Conference, WCU has decided to place the conference in hiatus for 2015. The conference will resume in 2016. During this transition, input will be sought from the Center’s constituent groups including the Advisory Board, WCU faculty and students, community members, and donors and friends about how best to position the Center to meet its mission and remain a place that is known for its inclusiveness and nurturing support of writers.
Since the Poetry Conference’s inception twenty years ago, West Chester University is proud of the significant resources it has provided to the Conference and Center in the form of staff, time, space and energy. These investments complement the support provided by an endowment-building challenge grant from the National Endowment for Humanities and generous donors. The University will continue to share its valuable resources with members of the national and international poetry community as the Poetry Center moves forward.