Forms & Features at the DuSable Museum of African American History: Celebrating the Poetry of Gwendolyn Brooks
Thursday, June 15th,
7:00 PM–9:00 PM
Thursday, June 22nd, 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
Part I (June 15):
DuSable Museum of African American History
740 East 56th Place
Part II (June 22):
61 West Superior Street
Join The Poetry Foundation and the DuSable Museum of African American History for a two-part celebration of the legendary Chicago poet Gwendolyn Brooks. In Part I, we will read and discuss the poetry of Miss Brooks before composing visual found poems in conversation with the DuSable's newest exhibitions, Kitihawa’s Chandelier and En Mas'.
In Part II, we will celebrate the poetry of Miss Brooks through an exploration of the Golden Shovel, a new poetic form devised by the poet Terrance Hayes. All experience levels are welcome. Admission is free; RSVP required. Attendees are strongly encouraged to attend both sessions. Please email email@example.com to register.
This exhibition showcases highlights from the literary archives of Gwendolyn E. Brooks (1917–2000), Illinois Poet Laureate and the first black winner of the Pulitzer Prize. 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 publishing to produce her works with black-owned presses.