A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature
From the Archive of Recorded Poetry at the Library of Congress
The twenty-ninth person appointed Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gwendolyn Brooks reads selections from her poetry on Sept. 30, 1985, in the Coolidge Auditorium in Washington, D.C. Dr. John Broderick introduces the poet. To listen, click here: https://www.loc.gov/item/85755182/?embed=resources
Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks (1917 – 2000) was an American poet, author, and teacher. Her work often dealt with the personal celebrations and struggles of ordinary people in her community. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry on May 1, 1950, for Annie Allen making her the first African American to receive the Pulitzer. She was appointed Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress for the 1985–86 term. In 1976, she became the first African-American woman inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Gwendolyn Brooks’ Selected Poems is available here.