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Wednesday, July 16, 2014


Residents of Chicago and those who may be in the vicinity at this time:

The GUILD LITERARY COMPLEX presents the 21st Annual GWENDOLYN BROOKS open mic and reading award held at the Chopin Theatre on Wednesday, 7/23 at 7 PM.

Writers across the state of Illinois submitted their poems to the GUILD in June. Twenty (20) of these poems were selected and will be presented. The audience will decide the winner of a $500 prize.

Come join the fun and hear some great poetry read Out loud, the way it should be heard!

For details on this event click on

"Gwendie," as she was known by very close friends was a poetess.

Although she was born in Kansas, she was a life-long  native of Chicago.

                               June 7, 1917 - December 3, 2000

She won the prestigious PULITZER PRIZE for POETRY in 1950 for her 2nd book of poetry, "Annie Allen," becoming the first Black person to win that honor.

She was appointed Poet Laureate of Illinois in 1968 and United States Poet Laureate in 1985.

For details on her life Google Search her name.

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