February 24: ODU Professor to Launch Children’s Poetry StoryBox at Thurber Center

Kevin Cordi


Columbus, OH – Ohio Dominican University (ODU) assistant professor of English Education, Kevin Cordi, Ph.D., and J. Patrick Lewis, the 2011 National Children’s Poet Laureate, will launch the Children’s Poetry StoryBox Project at 7 p.m., Feb. 24, at the Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Ave., Columbus. During the launch, children – and those young at heart – will complete unfinished works by nationally known poets. 

“Kids need to experience poetry and see the joy that comes from working with poetry,” Cordi said. “These nationally renowned poets are sharing their work and inviting kids to co-create with them. These children can now say they’ve written a poem with a famous poet.” 

The event will showcase students from Scioto Darby Elementary School in Hilliard, who have spent the past two months completing poems under the guidance of their teacher, Julie Johnson. ODU students Amy Lantz and Baylee Royise also will present a digital story during the launch. 

Poets who’ve contributed unfinished works for the Children’s Poetry StoryBox Project include: Kate Coombs, Betsy Franco, Helen Frost, Charles Ghigna, Joan Bransfield Graham, Nikki Grimes, Avis Harley, David Harrison, Sara Holbrook Georgia Heard, X.J. Kennedy, George Ella Lyon, J. Patrick Lewis, Kenn Nesbitt, Michael Salinger, Sonya Sones, April Halprin Wayland, Allan Wolf, Janet Wong and Jane Yolen. 

After the event, Cordi and Lewis will ship the poems to locations around the United States, where children and adults will have the opportunity to complete poems and contribute to the collection. The box will return to Columbus in 2015. 

The StoryBox project is an international arts and literacy initiative created in 1995 by Cordi, a professional storyteller. The project promotes the art of sharing stories and storytelling, and has elicited stories from more than a million people. You can learn more about the project at www.storyboxproject.com 

Ohio Dominican University is a comprehensive, four-year, private, liberal arts and master’s institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic Dominican tradition. The University has approximately 2,600 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 45 majors as well as 11 graduate degree programs. Ohio Dominican uses a student-centered approach, with a commitment to quality teaching and learning.