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Young Poet Shines at 2013 Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

Posted Sep. 18, 2013


The 78th annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards ceremony took place on the evening September 12, 2013, at the Ohio Theater in Downtown Cleveland. At the beginning of the program, young poet Gwyneth Wilde awed the crowd with a recitation of her poem, “Flinging off the Curved Bow,” which was written during the Wick Juniors Writing Club, a summer workshop sponsored by the Wick Poetry Center and led by outreach manager, Nicole Robinson.

Robinson, who accompanied Gwyneth, along with Gwyneth’s parents, Laura and Brian Wilde, said of the event that “It was an honor for everyone in the audience to watch and listen to Gwyneth open the ceremony with her poem 'Flinging off the Curved Bow.' The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards are some of the most treasured and important awards given to writers. This year's lifetime achievement award was given to Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, and I can only imagine how Gwyneth will grow to treasure sharing the stage with Soyinka and all the other awardees making a difference in our world through literature."  

Gwyneth Wilde's poem is part of the Traveling Stanzas project, a collaborative, community arts project between the Wick Poetry Center and Kent State University's graphic design studio. Community members and visitors to Northeast Ohio can see the beautifully designed posters "traveling" around the region on Cleveland RTA mass transit, as well as on Portage County's PARTA.

For more information, click here to visit The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards website and read a blog post featuring Gwyneth’s Traveling Stanza or click here to read a article about the 2013 Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards.

Photo credit: Josh Gunther