Matter in the Margins: Gwendolyn Brooks at 100 Exhibition Opening and Gallery Talk with curator Anna Chen

Notes in the margin of a book

On the occasion of the opening of Matter in the Margins, curator and archivist Anna Chen discusses her work cataloging and arranging Gwendolyn Brooks’s papers. A comprehensive collection measuring over two hundred and fifty linear feet, Brooks’s papers include youthful poetry and prose, scrapbooks of pieces she published as a young woman, extensive correspondence with a significant roster of other writers, and manuscript drafts and proofs, especially after she left mainstream commercial publishing to produce her works with black-owned presses. The Brooks archives are now part of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and have been loaned to the Poetry Foundation in celebration of Brooks’s long relationship with Poetry, a history that includes the first publication of We Real Cool, The Bean Eaters, and Winnie, among others.

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Friday, June 16, 2017, 6:00 PM
Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
Free admission