Nora Brooks Blakely (far right), daughter of Gwendolyn Brooks Blakely, will join us for an evening of shared memories about and readings from the works of the legendary author. Nora’s presentation will focus on her mother’s work after 1967.
Gwendolyn Brooks had a long and distinguished career highlighted early on by the award of the Pulitzer Prize in 1950 for Annie Allen, the first African American to receive this award. She went on to be named poet laureate for the state of Illinois in 1968, a position she held until her death. In 1985, she was the first Black woman named Poetry Consultant to the Library of Congress.
Gwendolyn Brooks literary legacy includes 20 volumes of poetry, one novel, a 2-volume autobiography and numerous collected works. Gwendolyn Brooks was a lifelong Southsider. Her family home was in Bronzeville. She lived from 1953-1994 in Greater Grand Crossing and from 1994 until her death in East Hyde Park.