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February 23, 2017

University to Celebrate Gwendolyn Brooks This Spring

The University of Chicago will celebrate the Chicago poet Gwendolyn Brooks in a series of events this spring, the centennial of her birth.

The series of events, called Centennial Brooks, will include a conference from April 6–8 in which scholars, writers, and musicians will discuss Brooks, the first black poet to win the Pulitzer Prize. Special guest Nora Brooks Blakely, Gwendolyn Brooks’s daughter, will discuss her mother’s interest in black urban Chicago and her continuing literary legacy.

The University has partnered with the DuSable Museum of African American History and the Poetry Foundation to host the Brooks events, which are presented in conjunction with “Our Miss Brooks 100,” a citywide program. UChicago Arts will host a number of additional events on campus, according to a university press release, including performances by Imani Winds and the Joffrey Ballet.

All Centennial Brooks events are free and open to the public.

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