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Gwendolyn Brooks’s Poems: A Centenary Celebration  Add To Calendar

“Gwendolyn Brooks’s Poems: A Centenary Celebration"

Readings of poetry and discussions of Brooks's legacy.


November 8, 2017
3 - 5:30 PM

Presenters Include:

CM Burroughs, Reginald Gibbons, Quraysh Ali Lansana, Angela Jackson, Ed Roberson

CM Burroughs is Assistant Professor of Poetry at Columbia College Chicago. She is the author of The Vital System (2012).  A Pushcart Prize nominee and a finalist for the 2009 Gift of Freedom Award, she has published poetry in journals and anthologies including Poetry, Callaloo, jubilat, Ploughshares, VOLT, Bat City Review, The Golden Shovel Anthology, Revising the Psalm Anthology, and Best American Experimental Writing Anthology.  She has been awarded fellowships and grants from organizations including Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, the Djerassi Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Cave Canem Foundation.

Reginald Gibbons is Frances Hooper Professor of Arts and Humanities at Northwestern University.  He has published ten books of poems, including Sparrow: New and Selected Poems (1997), winner of the Balcones Poetry Prize, and Creatures of a Day (2008)--finalist for the National Book Award--and most recently Last Lake (2016).  He is a contributor to the new The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks, and helped found the BrooksDay annual celebrations of Brooks and her poetry.  He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Fulbright Program, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Quraysh Ali Lansana is a faculty member in the Creative Writing Program of the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and the Red Earth MFA Creative Writing Program at Oklahoma City University. His publications include A Gift from Greensboro (2016); mystic turf (2012), and several anthologies. Two volumes engage Gwendolyn Brooks: Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks, with Sandra Jackson-Opoku (2017); and The Whiskey of Our Discontent: Gwendolyn Brooks as Conscience and Change Agent, with Georgia A. Popoff (2017). His awards include the 2000 Poet of the Year Award, presented by Chicago's Black Book Fair; and the 1999 Henry Blakely Award, presented by Gwendolyn Brooks.

Angela Jackson is a Chicago-based poet, novelist and playwright.  Her most recent volume, It Seems Like a Mighty Long Time (2015), was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, Pen Open Book Award, and a finalist for the Hurston-Wright Award. Her publications include Where I Must Go (2009), American Book Award winner 2013.  In 2017, A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun: The Life and Legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks appeared through Beacon Press. She was awarded the Shelley Memorial Award of the Poetry Society of America (2011).

Ed Roberson lives in Chicago, where he taught at the University of Chicago, Columbia College, and Northwestern University. He is the author of numerous books of poetry, including To See the Earth Before the End of the World (2010), runner-up for the Los Angeles Times Poetry Award; Atmosphere Conditions (1999), which was chosen by Nathaniel Mackey for the National Poetry Series and was a finalist for the Academy of American Poets’ Lenore Marshall Award.  Roberson’s honors include the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize in 2016, the Lila Wallace Writers’ Award, the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Award, and the 2016 PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry.

Sponsored with the UIC English Department and the Poetry Foundation

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