Hall Center For The Humanities


Gwendolyn Brooks
Poet Laureate for Illinois

Poetry Reading with Commentary
Humanities Lecture Series

Wed., Oct. 23, 1996, 12:00am
Capping the Humanities Lecture Series in 1996 was the October visit of Gwendolyn Brooks, writer-in-residence at Chicago State University and Poet Laureate for Illinois. Brooks' presentation featured readings of and commentary on selections of her poetry, much of which is, in itself, strong social commentary often centering on youth. The following day, she visited Lawrence High School, where she met with students.

Gwendolyn Brooks was born in Topeka, Kansas, in 1917 and raised in Chicago. She is the author of more than twenty books of poetry, including Children Coming Home (1991), Blacks (1987), To Disembark (1981), The Near-Johannesburg Boy and Other Poems (1986), Riot (1969), In the Mecca (1968), The Bean Eaters, and Annie Allen (1949), for which she received the Pulitzer Prize. She also wrote numerous other books, including a novel, Maud Martha (1953) and Report from Part One: An Autobiography (1972).

In 1968 she was named Poet Laureate for the state of Illinois, and from 1985-86 she was Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. She also received an American Academy of Arts and Letters award, the Frost Medal, a National Endowment for the Arts award, the Shelley Memorial Award, and fellowships from The Academy of American Poets and the Guggenheim Foundation. [The Acacemy of American Poets]

Her visit was cosponsored by the Hall Center, the Office of Minority Affairs, and Adventures in Imagination, part of the Lawrence Business-Education Partnership comprised of Mercantile Bank, Lawrence Public Schools and the Lied Center of Kansas.

October 23, 1996
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