Individual Author Record
Name:Pen Name: Genre: C:ADULT Poetry Born: June 7, 1917 in Topeka, Kansas Sites:
Illinois ConnectionBrooks moved to Chicago with her family when she was six months old and lived there the rest of her life.
Biographical and Professional InformationGwendolyn Brooks was a poet, novelist, children's fiction and lecturer. She began writing poetry at seven years of age and had her first poem published in a magazine when she was 13. After college, Brooks worked a variety of jobs until her marriage and the birth of her two children, but she continued to write poetry. In 1945, her first of several books of poetry for adults was published to great praise. She won many honors and awards and, in 1950, was the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize. It was for her book ''Annie Allen''. In all, she was the author of more than twenty books of poetry and was named the Poet Laureate of Illinois in 1968 and served in that capacity until her death in 2000. She also served as the Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1985-86. Brooks had a lifelong commitment to sharing poetry and teaching writing. She taught around the country and held posts at the University of Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago State University, Elmhurst College, Columbia University, City College of New York, and the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Along with her published works listed below, Brooks also edited two books - A Broadside Treasury and Jump Bad: A New Chicago Anthology. She also contributed to several anthologies including - A Portion of That Field: The Centennial of the Burial of Lincoln - written with Otto Kerner, Allan Nevins, Paul M. Angle, Mark Van Doren, Paul H. Douglas, Bruce Catton and Adlai E. Stevenson.
*''A Capsule Course in Black Poetry Writing'', Broadside Press, 1975 - written with Keorapetse Kgositsile, Haki R. Madhubuti, and Dudley Randall *''A Street in Bronzeville'', Harper, 1945 *''Aloneness'', Broadside Press, 1971 *''Annie Allen'', Harper, 1949 *''Aurora'', Broadside Press, 1972 *''Beckonings'', Broadside Press, 1975 *''Black Love'', Brooks Press, 1982 *''Blacks'', David Co., 1987 *''Bronzeville Boys and Girls'', Harper, 1956 - reprinted 2015 *''Children Coming Home'', David Co., 1991 *''Family Pictures'', Broadside Press, 1970 *''For Illinois 1968 A Sesquicentennial Poem'', Harper, 1968 *''Gottschalk and the Grande Tarantelle'', David Co., 1988 *''In Montgomery, and Other Poems'', Third World Press, 2003 *''In the Mecca'', Harper, 1968 *''Maud Martha'', Harper, 1953 *''Mayor Harold Washington and Chicago, The I Will City'', Brooks Press, 1983 *''Primer for Blacks'', Black Position Press, 1980 *''Report from Part One: An Autobiography'', Broadside Press, 1972 *''Report From Part Two'', Third World Press, 1996 *''Riot'', Broadside Press, 1969 *''Selected Poems'', Harper, 1963 *''The Bean Eaters'', Harper, 1960 *''The Gwendolyn Brooks Library'', Moonbeam Publications, 1991 *''The Near-Johannesburg Boy, and Other Poems'', David Co., 1986 *''The Tiger Who Wore White Gloves: Or You Are What You Are'', Third World Press, 1974 - reissued, 1987 *''The World of Gwendolyn Brooks'', Harper, 1971 *''To Disembark'', Third World Press, 1981 *''Very Young Poets'', Brooks Press, 1983 *''Winnie'', Third World Press, 1988 *''Young Poet's Primer'', Brooks Press, 1981