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Young People's Poetry Day: A Celebration of Gwendolyn Brooks

Lead Character designer & animator Emily Gerich for “Weighing In,” a film by MPC Creative

Saturday, April 1st, 10:00 AM–1:00 PM

Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
Free admission

Happy Birthday Miss Brooks! Celebrate National Poetry Month and the 100th birthday year of Chicago poet Gwendolyn Brooks.


  • A live reading of the legendary author’s poetry by WBEZ’s Natalie Moore.
  • A special dance performance by The Joffrey Ballet’s Community Engagement students illuminating Brooks’ work.
  • Animated poems created especially for the Poetry Foundation by Motionpoems, an independent animation studio that brings poetry to life through film.
  • A scavenger hunt, craft-making, poetry writing, and other interactive fun in collaboration with the DuSable Museum of African American History.

Please note the Poetry Foundation will be open only to youth 13 and under and their caregivers during this event.

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  • Browse Poems

  • Current Exhibition
    Jun 16, 2017 – Aug 25, 2017

    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.