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Brooks Conference at University of Chicago

Thursday, April 6th – Saturday, April 8th

Various locations. View the conference schedule at UChicago Arts

Gwendolyn Brooks was born on June 7, 1917, and spent most of her life on Chicago’s South Side, whose Bronzeville neighborhood she memorialized in her poetry. She was the first African American to receive the Pulitzer Prize, for Annie Allen in 1950. At age 68, Brooks was the first black woman appointed Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. Later she served as Poet Laureate of Illinois, personally funding literary awards for young writers and visiting grade schools, colleges, universities, prisons, hospitals, and drug rehabilitation centers. This Brooks centennial event is both a scholarly conference and a celebration, gathering scholars, writers and musicians in tribute to her. View the conference schedule here.

Cosponsored with the University of Chicago’s Logan Center for the Arts, the University of Chicago’s Committee on Creative Writing, and the DuSable Museum

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