The Guild’s annual and ongoing programs that celebrate the legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks as a friend of the Guild, as a vital member of the Chicago literary community, and as one of the most important American poets of the 20th Century.


The Guild’s annual celebration of Gwendolyn Brooks, held every year on June 7th, the anniversary of her birth. Each year’s celebration commemorates Brooks’ artistic achievements and influential legacy through public performances of her work.

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Annual poetry competition initiated and endowed by Gwendolyn Brooks. Part of the Brooks Legacy Programs.

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Slang BrooksDay 2016

Brooks Specialty Programming

Additional programming that brings out further dimensions of Brooks’ work and her legacy.

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