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  • Elizabeth Alexander crafted the poem for the occasion, drawing inspiration from poets such as Gwendolyn Brooks, Robert Hayden, and Walt Whitman.

    Deep Thoughts

  • Click on the video to see incredible interviews with the 2010 awards presenters/authors Sara Paretsky on Gwendolyn Brooks and Haki Muhubuti on Richard Wright, and photographer Art Shay on Nelson Algren.

    Elysabeth Alfano: Behind the Scenes at the Chicago Literary Awards

  • Among them are Muhammad Ali, “Minister” Louis Farrakhan of whom he writes fondly, “former mayor” Eugene Sawyer, “poets” Gwendolyn Brooks and Elizabeth Alexander, and “writer” Barack Obama.

    Deconstructing Obama

  • Listening to it live, I counted references to two presidents (Lincoln, FDR); two poets (Carl Sandberg and one-time Illinois poet laureate Gwendolyn Brooks); his mother and father; the Book of Wisdom; Isaiah and St. Paul; and the third verse of "America the Beautiful."

    A Tale of Two Democrats

  • Contrast Hughes 'quiet but challenging tone with the anger and violence in Gwendolyn Brooks' poem "Riot" below.

    John Lundberg: Three Poems For Martin Luther King Day

  • Gwendolyn Brooks, Nelson Algren, Studs Terkel, Saul Bellow, Richard Wright and Lorraine Hansberry were the first group to be honored, and Rick Kogan, the emcee for the evening, said that when his girlfriend heard the names she said, Jesus!

    Donald G. Evans: Chicago Literary Hall of Fame's First Induction Ceremony Honors Our Greatest Writers

  • Oh Douglas, this is what I did: I searched the house high and low, hither and yon, for my Collected Poems of Gwendolyn Brooks book and did not find it.

    The Nervous Breakdown

  • It means that when we read The Mother by Gwendolyn Brooks, we are reading the words of a woman grieving over the children that she did not have even as she addresses those children, but we are also reading the words of a woman who made a choice fully aware of the sadness it might bring.

    Blog for Choice Day: Poetry « Gender Across Borders

  • Gwendolyn Brooks, Jane Kenyon, and James Schuyler are awash in the elegiac feelings of this time of year, while C.D. Wright's speaker surrenders to relaxation, admitting: "this feels painfully beautiful/whether or not/it will change the world one drop."

    Labor Day Poems: The Poetry Foundation Favorites

  • Gwendolyn Brooks performing her often anthologized poem "We Real Cool," recorded when Brooks was 66.

    John Lundberg: Listening To The Great Poets


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