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Women Poets at Barnard: Gwendolyn Brooks: A Centennial Celebration

Past Series, Poets at SOF/Heyman

dateNovember 16, 2017 timeThursday, 7:00pm EST location Barnard Hall, Julius S. Held Lecture Hall (Room 304), Barnard College
  • Poetry Society of America
  • Barnard Center for Research on Women
  • Department of English, Barnard
  • Free and open to the public
  • No registration necessary
  • First come, first seated

A major American poet of the twentieth century, Gwendolyn Brooks is a writer of great formal mastery and intimate observation, most beautifully of the Chicago communities she writes of, the people who make “a sugar of/The malocclusions, the inconditions of love.” The author of twenty separate volumes of poetry, including the celebrated A Street in Bronzeville(1945), the Pulitzer Prize-winning Annie Allen(1949), and In the Mecca (1968), as well as the experimental novel Maude Martha (1953) and other volumes of prose and collected verse, Brooks is a writer who “managed to bridge the gap between the academic poets of her generation in the 1940s and the young black militant writers of the 1960s” (George E. Kent). In her work, “Brooks never feared or shirked what she fervently believed was her responsibility; that sense of responsibility shaped her very aesthetic. Few poets walk with such integrity” (Elizabeth Alexander).

Presented as a part of Our Miss Brooks 100 with the Poetry Society of America, the Barnard Center for Research on Women, and the Columbia Heyman Center for the Humanities.

This event is free and open to the public.
Information: [email protected]

Image credit: Gwendolyn Brooks at her typewriter. Courtesy of Getty Images.

  • Speaker Jericho Brown Assistant Professor in Creative Writing Emory University
  • Speaker Cornelius Eady Poet
  • Speaker Rigoberto Gonzalez Poet
  • Speaker Catherine Barnett Poet
  • Speaker Darryl Pinckney Poet, novelist, and essayist
  • Speaker Evie Shockley Associate Professor of English Rutgers University
  • Speaker Patricia Smith Poet