Gwendolyn Brooks

Posted on June 1, 2017. Filed under: Uncategorized |

This year is the 100th anniversary of the birth of the famous poet Gwendolyn Brooks. To join the celebration of this centennial, why not learn more about this inspirational poet?

Here a a few facts to get you started:
Gweldolyn Brooks was born June 7, 1917 in Topeka Kansas. When she was six months old, her family moved to Chicago. First, she attended Hyde Park High School, and then graduated what is now Kennedy-King College. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1950. In 1968, she was appointed Poet Laureate of Illinois, a position she held until her death in 2000. In 1985, She was selected as the Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, an honorary one-year position whose title was renamed the next year to Poet Laureate.  In 1988, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.  In 1989, she was awarded the Robert Frost Medal for lifetime achievement by the Poetry Society of America.

To learn more, why not check out some of her works and other books about this inspirational poet?

9780883781050_p0_v3_s192x300Blacks
by Gwendolyn Brooks.

“Here is a necessary collection of poetry for admirers of words and treasurers of literary beauty. Spanning more than 30 years, this collection of literary masterpieces by the venerable Ms. Gwendolyn Brooks, arguably Illinois’ most beloved Poet Laureate and Chicago’s elder black literary stateswoman, Blacks includes all of Ms. Brooks’ critically acclaimed writings. Within its covers is the groundbreaking Annie Allen, which earned her the Pulitzer Prize in 1950. There is also the sweepingly beautiful and finely crafted “A Street in Bronzeville, a highly anticipated and lauded poetic treasure that spoke volumes for this great poet’s love of black people, Chicago’s Black community, and even the community of the world” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9780060882969_p0_v1_s192x300Selected Poems
by Gwendolyn Brooks

“The classic volume by the distinguished modern poet, winner of the 1950 Pulitzer Prize, and recipient of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, showcases an esteemed artist’s technical mastery, her warm humanity, and her compassionate and illuminating response to a complex world” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9780883781029_p0_v2_s192x300To Disembark
by Gwendolyn Brooks

“Unforgettable poetic imagery by one of the greatest female African American poets that captures the viality and complexity of Black life.” (Barnes & Noble).

9780883780619_p0_v2_s192x300Maud Martha
by Gwendolyn Brooks

“A first novel by this world class poet, Maud Martha captures the essence of Black life. Gwendolyn Brooks portrays one woman’s quest and love for life despite its difficulties. Whether she confronts teenaged love and marriage or the challenges of womanhood and adulthood survival, we come face to face with Maud Martha—recognizing that her beauty and strength reside deep in every one of us” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9781578065752_p0_v1_s192x300Conversations with Gwendolyn Brooks
edited by Gloria Wade Gayles

“Conversations with Gwendolyn Brooks features sparkling interviews with one of America’s most valued poets. Throughout this book, which spans three decades, Brooks (1917-2000) speaks with simplicity, depth, candor, and passion about the making of a poem and about the position of the poet in humane society.

A poem, she believed, comes from the heart. In each interview, she speaks from the heart and wins over the reader. The interviews took place in various settings—in radio recording studios and in university classrooms, in the coveted spotlight of a National Endowment for the Humanities celebration, and in the intimacy of her living room.

Regardless of place or audience, Brooks speaks with humility. She was the first African American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for poetry and to receive other coveted honors, and yet she sees herself as ‘an ordinary human being who is impelled to write poetry.’

Brooks explains her experience within the creative process. She does not believe in a Muse. With gratitude to the Black Arts Movement, she celebrates both her blackness and the people in Bronzeville, the fictional community she created and whose lives she ‘put down’ on paper.

Including interviews conducted by Studs Terkel and poet Haki Madhubuti, among others, Conversations with Gwendolyn Brooks underscores the legacy of one of the nation’s most brilliant and humane poets” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9780064437721_p0_v1_s192x300Bronzeville Boys and Girls
by Gwendolyn Brooks;
illustrated by Faith Ringgold

“This classic picture book from Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks, paired with full-color illustrations by Caldecott Honor artist Faith Ringgold, explores the lives and dreams of the children who live together in an urban neighborhood.

In 1956, Gwendolyn Brooks created thirty-four poems that celebrated the joy, beauty, imagination, and freedom of childhood. Bronzeville Boys and Girls features these timeless poems, which remind us that whether we live in the Bronzeville section of Chicago or any other neighborhood, childhood is universal in its richness of emotions and new experiences” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9780883782798_p0_v3_s192x300Gwendolyn Brooks and working writers
edited by Jacqueline Imani Bryant

“Seventeen writers, educators, and close friends of the late poet contribute their praise through this collection of brief anecdotes from actual encounters with Gwendolyn Brooks. The contributors relate the poet’s influences on their art, their lives, and the world; expressing their indebtedness for the revolutionary language of her poems, her universal maternity, and her outstanding kindness.
Some of Brook’s most influential poems are included such that this tribute keeps her words and wisdom alive” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).
—posted by Kevin Purtell

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