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Archive for Friday, October 11, 1996

RENOWN POET LAUREATE TO PRESENT READINGS

October 11, 1996

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A Pulitzer Prize-winning poet will read poetry and share her thoughts later this month with audiences in Lawrence.

Gwendolyn Brooks will make a public appearance at 8 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Lied Center. Her talk is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the Humanities Lecture Series, the Hall Center for Humanities and the Office of Minority Affairs at Kansas University.

In addition, the poet will conduct two 30-minute sessions the morning of Oct. 24 with students and faculty at Lawrence High School. These sessions are sponsored by Adventures in Imagination, a business-education partnership among Lawrence public schools, the Lied Center and Mercantile Bank of Lawrence.

Brooks has received numerous grants and fellowships and was the first black American to receive the Pulitzer Prize in any category. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1950 for her book of poems, "Annie Allen."

Her poetry has won acclaim for both its strong imagery and its striking cadence. In her work, Brooks has explored the changing conditions of the South Side of Chicago and in the rest of the country, as well as in South Africa.

Brooks was born in Topeka, but has lived her life in Chicago. In 1968, she succeeded Carl Sandburg as Poet Laureate of Illinois.

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