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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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  • 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.