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Black Literature Starter Pack: The Poets

I’m not much of a poetry person. I never have been — not in elementary school when my grammar book introduced me to rhyme and rhythm; not in high school when I tucked the book of poems a friend had lent me beneath my bed; and certainly not in college, where I suffered through four poetry-ridden lit courses and an American poetry class before finding myself president of the university’s poetry club (a sequence of events I still haven’t been able to sort into an explanation). 1,421 more words


Gwendolyn Brooks & the Golden Shovel

The Golden Shovel Anthology: New poems honoring Gwendolyn Brooks, edited by Peter Kahn, Ravi Shankar and Patricia Smith, has just been published by The University of Arkansas Press. 303 more words

Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, I would like to share some of my favorite art from black artists and some recommendations for further reading because there are plenty of wonderful short stories and novels that I cannot fit here. 391 more words

Hold On

A wonderful poem, “Hold On” by Parneshia Jones, was published on February 13 by the Academy of American Poetry via their Poem-A-Day project.

Jones’ poem springs from an encounter she had with Gwendolyn Brooks. 194 more words

Americans Of Color

Day 15: Gwendolyn Brooks, 1917-2000

“When you use the term minority or minorities in reference to people, you’re telling them that they’re less than somebody else.”

“We are each other’s magnitude and bond.” 206 more words

"If artists everywhere were to give themselves over to agitprop, something essential would be lost."

-Gwendolyn Brooks

“At the other extreme are those who believe that, in a time of crisis, the ordinary rituals of making art must cease. Caplan notes…

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Everyone needs a champion

Wonderful article on the relationship between Langston Hughes and the up-and-coming Gwendolyn Brooks. His professional friendship allowed her to flourish, and both of them, to speak more eloquently about the black lives in Bronzeville, in Chicago. 11 more words