Gwendolyn Brooks Celebration

April 6, 2017 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Gwendolyn Brooks Celebration
Thursday, April 6 | 11:30am to 12:30pm
FREE and open to the public

April is National Poetry Month! Join us for a celebration of poet Gwendolyn Brooks.

Born in Kansas, raised in the South Side of Chicago, Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000) was the first black author to receive the Pulitzer Prize. She was also Poet Laureate of Illinois and 29th Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress.

This event will be facilitated by Centre College Director of Creative Writing Lisa Williams, and Centre College student writers and will will include readings of Brooks’ poems as well as short poems written in response to Brooks’ work. Williams will also introduce listeners to the Golden Shovel, a form inspired by Brooks’s poem “Seven at the Golden Shovel,” and first written by Terrance Hayes in honor of her. The Golden Shovel, a form adapted and used by hundreds of poets and students across the country, is one that anyone can write in.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Feel free to bring your lunch!