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Gwendolyn Brooks: Online Resources

Compiled by Peter Armenti, Digital Reference Specialist
Gwendolyn Brooks, Consultant in Poetry, 1985-86
Gwendolyn Brooks,
Consultant in Poetry, 1985-86
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Prints and Photographs Online Catalog

On May 6, 1985, Librarian of Congress Daniel J. Boorstin announced the appointment of Gwendolyn Brooks as the 29th Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. Brooks, the first African American author to win the Pulitzer Prize, is perhaps best known for her lyrical portraits of African American urban life.

Brooks served two terms as poet laureate, giving her final reading on May 5, 1986. This guide compiles links to resources on Gwendolyn Brooks throughout the Library of Congress Web site, as well as links to external Web sites that include features on her life or selections of her work. To suggest additions to this guide, please contact the Digital Reference Section.

Resources

Library of Congress Web Site
   •Articles and Features
   •Print Resources
External Web Sites
   •Biographical Information, Poetry
   •Interviews, Articles, and Conversations
   •Audio Recordings
   •Videos
   •Criticism
   •Lesson Plans, Classroom Instruction
   •Gwendolyn Brooks in the News

Library of Congress Web Site

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Articles and Features

"Gwendolyn Brooks Is Named as Next Library Poetry Consultant" (PDF, 662 KB)
Library of Congress Information Bulletin, May 20, 1985

Living Legends Award Citation, April 2000

Poetry Broadside: "We Real Cool"

Print Resources

Works by Gwendolyn Brooks in the Library of Congress online catalog can be found under the following author heading:

Brooks, Gwendolyn, 1917-2000

Works about Gwendolyn Brooks can be found in the Library of Congress online catalog under the following subject headings:

Brooks, Gwendolyn, 1917-2000.
Brooks, Gwendolyn, 1917-2000--Bibliography.
Brooks, Gwendolyn, 1917-2000--Correspondence.
Brooks, Gwendolyn, 1917-2000--Criticism and interpretation.
Brooks, Gwendolyn, 1917-2000--Influence.
Brooks, Gwendolyn, 1917-2000--Interviews.
Brooks, Gwendolyn, 1917-2000--Juvenile literature.
Brooks, Gwendolyn, 1917-2000--Literary collections.
Brooks, Gwendolyn, 1917-2000. Maud Martha.
Brooks, Gwendolyn, 1917-2000--Political and social views.

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Biographical Information, Poetry

Academy of American Poets
Biography of Gwendolyn Brooks, samples of her poetry, and links to related Web sites.

Finding Aid to the Gwendolyn Brooks Papers, 1917-2000, bulk 1950-1989
The Bancroft Library's finding aid includes a biography of Brooks and bibliography of primary and secondary sources.

Gale
Biography of Gwendolyn Brooks reprinted from Gale's Contemporary Heroes and Heroines, Book III.

Illinois Poet Laureate Web Site
Biography of Brooks and selected poems.

Pearson Education, Inc.
Biography of Brooks that supplements X.J. Kennedy's and Dana Gioia's print anthology Literature.

Poetry Foundation
Biography of Gwendolyn Brooks, bibliography of her writings, and more than 20 poems.

Interviews, Articles, and Conversations

"Gwendolyn Brooks: Poet who Called Out to Black People Everywhere"
The Guardian, December 9, 2000.

"An Evening with Gwendolyn Brooks"
Interviewed by B. Denise Hawkins. Reprinted from Black Issues in Higher Education 11, no. 18 (November 3, 1994): 16, 20-1.

"A Conversation with Gwendolyn Brooks"
Interviewed by Steven Cape, The Artful Dodge, 1979.

Gwendolyn Brooks on BNET
A collection of critical and popular articles on Gwendolyn Brooks.

Audio Recordings

Radio Programs

Gwendolyn Brooks Captures Chicago 'Cool' (05:22)
All Things Considered, NPR, April 15, 2007

Gwendolyn Brooks' Indispensable Maud Martha (03:40)
You Must Read This, NPR, October 10, 2006

Gwendolyn Brooks (06:38)
Weekend Edition Saturday, NPR, December 9, 2000

Gwendolyn Brooks Dies (03:51)
Morning Edition, NPR, December 4, 2000

Gwendolyn Brooks (04:10)
All Things Considered, NPR, December 4, 2000

The Power of African American Women (30:07)
Recording from the Pacifica Radio Archives, 1985

Other Audio

The Poetry Foundation
Includes downloadable audio and podcasts by and about Gwendolyn Brooks

Brooks Reads "We Real Cool"
Academy of American Poets

Videos

Literature and Life: The Givens Collection
This PBS site includes a video of Professor Sandy Adell dicussing Gwendolyn Brooks and Brooks reading some of her works

"We Real Cool"
Read and discussed as part of the Favorite Poem Project

"An Interview with Gwendolyn Brooks" (28:24)
The Writing Life, Howard County Poetry and Literature Society, 1986

Criticism

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Bibliography - Miller F. Whittaker Library, South Carolina State University (PDF, 288 KB)
Extensive bibliography of works by and about Brooks created in 2004

BNET
Collection of critical and popular articles on Gwendolyn Brooks

eNotes.com
Critical information on Brooks from Gale's Contemporary Literary Criticism series

Lemon Hound
A critical article by Marilyn Hacker, "The Sonnet as a Wild Woman's Blues: On Gwendolyn Brooks' 'The Rites for Cousin Vit' " and five questions for Marilyn Hacker

Modern American Poetry
Criticism of individual poems, interviews with Brooks, and information about her life and career

VG: Voices from the Gaps
Biography and references to scholarly criticism on Brooks' work

Lesson Plans, Classroom Instruction

Gwendolyn Brooks: Poet, Novelist, Wife, Mother, and Teacher
Lesson Plan from TeacherLINK Web site

Heath Online Instructor's Guide
Web page that helps teachers introduce Brooks' work into the classroom. Includes a selected bibliography

The Impact of a Poem's Line Breaks: Enjambment and Gwendolyn Brooks’ “We Real Cool”
Lesson plan from EDSITEment Web site

Many Years Later: Responding to Gwendolyn Brooks’ “We Real Cool”
Lesson plan from ReadWriteThink Web site

Gwendolyn Brooks in the News

Google News search on Gwendolyn Brooks

Blog entries on Gwendolyn Brooks, via Google Blog Search

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