May 10, 2021

Primary Source Spotlight: Gwendolyn Brooks

We Real Cool Gwendolyn Brooks

Pulitzer Prize winner Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000) wrote more than 20 books of poetry and served as the Illinois Poet Laureate from 1968-2000 and Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1985-1986. Learn more about this amazing artist by investigating the resources below.

Audio recordings

We Real Cool broadside

A Street in Bronzeville Books that Shaped America online exhibition

“Gwendolyn Brooks Is Named as Next Library Poetry Consultant” Library of Congress Information Bulletin May 20, 1985

Gwendolyn Brooks biography & portrait

Literary Birthday Celebration: Gwendolyn Brooks Library of Congress streaming webcast (transcript) June 7, 2012

Gwendolyn Brooks: “We Real Cool,” Two Ways Library of Congress Blog April 28, 2020

Happy Birthday, Maxine Kumin and Gwendolyn Brooks! From the Catbird Seat blog June 5, 2015

Curator’s Picks: American Women Poets Library of Congress blog March 26, 2015

More Gwendolyn Brooks online resources

More poetry primary source collections & teaching resources

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