Event Information:

  • Wed

    “ America needs a voice like hers ” Gwendolyn Brooks and A Street in Bronzeville

    5:30 pmThe Newberry, 60 W. Walton St., Chicago

    As part of a celebration of Gwendolyn Brooks, marking the one hundredth anniversary of her birth, the Newberry will gather poets, scholars, historians, and archivists to discuss the historical context of Brooks’ groundbreaking first book of poems, A Street in Bronzeville. Published in in August 1945.

    Presenters: Camille T. Dungy, Poet, Professor of English at Colorado State University; Anna Chen, Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library; Liesl Olson, Director of Chicago Studies, Newberry Library; Tim Samuelson, Cultural Historian, City of Chicago; Re-birth Poetry Ensemble