Poetry off the Shelf: Lucille Clifton Tribute & Book Launch
Thursday, September 20th, 7:00 PM
61 West Superior Street
“One always feels the looming humaneness around Lucille Clifton’s poems,” observed the judges in awarding her the 2007 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. Clifton once told an interviewer that “writing is a way of continuing to hope…a way of remembering I am not alone.” Poets Michael S. Glaser, Li-Young Lee, Elise Paschen, Kevin Young, and other special guests offer tributes and read favorite works to celebrate The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010. A reception will follow.
Doors open 30 minutes before program start time; program will last approximately one hour.
Co-sponsored with BOA Editions
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.