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Saturday, May 6 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Our Miss Brooks 100: The Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial

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OMB100 celebrates Miss Brooks as a Chicago treasure, as a pivotal voice in the literary canon, one that provides a seminal connection to contemporary art and society. A conundrum exists regarding Miss Brooks' legacy. She is the first Black writer to earn the Pulitzer Prize, yet Brooks has been understudied, some might argue neglected, by the canon. Only one book of critical study existed before she died in 2000, and only one has been published posthumously. The potential reasons for this are many and just as vexing. Is it because she was Black and Woman? Is it because she walked away from the New York literary establishment to publish with African American publishing companies? We will explore Brooks' import and legacy via conversation and readings of selected Brooks texts.

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Antoinette Brim

Assistant Professor of English, Capital Community College
Antoinette Brim, author of These Women You Gave Me (forthcoming in 2017), Icarus in Love and Psalm of the Sunflower, is a Cave Canem Foundation fellow, a recipient of the Walker Foundation Scholarship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and a Pushcart Prize nominee... Read More →
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Georgia Popoff

Workshops Coordinator, Downtown Writers Center
I am a community poet living and teaching in Syracuse, NY. Three collections of poetry and one coauthored book for teachers on poetry in public education. Senior editor of the Comstock Review.
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Demetrice Anntía Worley

Demetrice Anntía Worley is author of Tongues in My Mouth (Main Street Rag), and she is a Cave Canem Fellow. She received Third Place in the Split This Rock Poetry 2009 Contest for her crown of sonnets, “Femicide/Femicidio: The Murdered and Disappeared Women of Juárez, Mexico.” Her poems appear in a wide range of journals and in anthologies such as The Whiskey of Our Discontent: Gwendolyn Brooks as Conscience and Change Agent (Haymarket, forthcoming 2017), Forty-four on 44: Forty-four American Writers on the Election of Barack Obama 44th President of the United States (Third World Press), Women. Period. (Spinster Ink), Bread and Steel: Illinois Poets Reading Their Work (State of Illinois Poet Laureate Audio CD), and Risk, Courage and Women (North Texas University Press), which was an American Library Association 2008 Top 25 Anthology. She is co-editor of three anthologies, Language and Image in the Reading-Writing Classroom (LEA), African American Literature 2nd edition (McGraw-Hill), and Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle and Other Modern Verse 2nd edition (Scott Foresman). Worley was born and raised in Chicago, and she holds a doctorate degree in English from Illinois State University. Currently, she is an associate professor of English at Bradley University. She is completing a book-length poetry manuscript... Read More →

Saturday May 6, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Old Town Hall Second Floor 32 Derby Square, Salem, MA 01970

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