June 7, 3:00 – 8:00 pm CDT, 2019, Gwendolyn Brooks Library, Chicago State University
Each year, BrooksDay is unique, but BrooksDay always commemorates Gwendolyn Brooks’ artistic achievements, her legendary generosity toward other poets, her influence as a pathbreaking cultural figure in Chicago and beyond, and her well-deserved status as one of the standard-bearers for progressive values and contemporary poetry in modern Chicago, through public performances of her work.
BrooksDay 2019 is a collaboration between The Guild Complex, Brooks Permissions, and Third World Press Foundation, who have sponsored previous BrooksDays, and the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing at Chicago State University, where Ms. Brooks taught, and which has recently renamed their library in her honor.
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Gwendolyn Brooks Library, Chicago State University
3-5 pm, 4th Floor Atrium
The Guild Literary Complex presents a reading of Gwendolyn Brooks’ work featuring members of Chicago’s literary arts community carrying on Ms. Brooks’ commitment to the literary arts and literary artists: Nile Lansana, Nicole Bond, Timothy Rey, Michael Fischer, Chloe Johnston, Liz McCabe, Mike Puican, Jennifer Karmin & Marcy Rae Henry, William Ayers, Mojdeh Stoakley, Mario, Serena Simpson, Angela Jackson, Haki R. Madhubuti, & Nora Brooks Blakely.
5-6 pm, 4th Floor Solarium
The Event Sponsors host a reception celebrating Gwendolyn Brooks’ life and work on her birthday with appetizers and birthday cake!
6-8 pm, 4th Floor Atrium
The Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing at Chicago State University presents a program in honor of the legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks.