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Golden Shovel with Patricia Smith & Terrance Hayes

Wednesday, April 12th, 7:00 PM

Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
Free admission

Celebrate the publication of The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks with editors Peter Kahn, Ravi Shankar, and Patricia Smith, recipient of the Lenore Marshall Prize, along with contributors to the collection. Terrance Hayes, National Book Award winner and inventor of the Golden Shovel form, will also be featured.

The last words of each line in a Golden Shovel poem are, in order, words from a line or lines taken from a Brooks poem. The poems are, in a way, secretly encoded to enable both a horizontal reading of the new poem and vertical reading down the right-hand margin of Brooks’s original. An array of writers—including Pulitzer Prize winners, T. S. Eliot Prize winners, National Book Award winners, and National Poet Laureates—have written poems for this exciting new anthology: Rita Dove, Billy Collins, Nikki Giovani, Sharon Olds, Tracy K. Smith, Mark Doty, Sharon Draper, and Julia Glass are just a few of the contributing poets.

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  • 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.