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Audio: Gwendolyn Brooks at the Library of Congress

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

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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.

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Gwendolyn Brooks

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