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405 | Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial

Friday, November 3 | 6 - 7 PM
Gallery Guichard
436 E 47th St | Chicago, IL | 60653
  • Members: $12
  • Public: $15
  • Students and Teachers: $10

In celebration of Chicago's most famous poet, Gwendolyn Brooks, the Chicago Humanities Festival is partnering with poets from The Golden Shovel Anthology, a compendium of inspired poems to celebrate her centennial year. The presentation will include a reading of Brooks' poem “Children of the Poor," along with performed original poetry from Brenda Càrdenas, Reginald Gibbons, and Janice Harrington, speaking on Brooks' influence in their lives and work. Peter Kahn, who launched the anthology, will moderate the conversation.

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A book signing will follow this program.

This program is presented in partnership with Gallery Guichard and OMB100, an initiative supported by The Chicago Community Trust and Allstate in honor of Miss Brooks’ legacy and her enduring contributions to Chicago all in efforts to inspire a new generation.

This venue is a mixture of seating and standing room. Seating is first-come, first-served.


Brenda Cárdenas’ poetry collections include Boomerang and the chapbooks Bread of the Earth / The Last Colors with Roberto Harrison; Achiote Seeds/Semillas de Achiote with Cristina García, Emmy Pèrez, and Gabriela Erandi Rico; and From the Tongues of Brick and Stone. Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Latina/o Poetics: The Art of Poetry, POETRY, City Creatures: Animal Encounters in the Chicago Wilderness, Angels of the Americlypse: New Latino/a Writing, and The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry, among others. Cárdenas served as Milwaukee’s Poet Laureate from 2010-2012.

Reginald Gibbons is the author of ten books of poems, including Last Lake and SLOW TRAINS OVERHEAD: CHICAGO POEMS AND STORIES, as well as a novel, SWEETBITTER, and translations of Spanish, Mexican and ancient Greek poetry. His book of short fiction, AN ORCHARD IN THE STREET, has just been published. He is a co-founder and board member of the Guild Literary Complex, a member of the curating team of the recently opened American Writers Museum, and a Frances Hooper Professor of Arts and Humanities at Northwestern University.

Janice N. Harrington’s most recent book of poetry is Primitive: The Art and Life of Horace H. Pippin. She is also the author of The Hands of Strangers and the Hollow My Body Made Is Gone, which won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. An award- winning children's book author, her latest children's book is Catching a Storyfish, a verse novel. She now teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Illinois.

Peter Kahn is a founding member of the London poetry collective Malika’s Kitchen. He is a commended poet in the Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition (UK). A high school teacher at Oak Park/River Forest High School since 1994, Peter was a Featured Speaker at the National Council of Teachers of English annual convention. As a Visiting Fellow at Goldsmiths-University of London, he founded the Spoken Word Education Training Programme. Peter holds an MA in English Education from The Ohio State University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Fairfield University.

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  • Golden Shovel on Brooks' "Children of the Poor"
  • On sale to members on 9/19 at 10am and on sale to public on 9/26 at 10am.
  • The Golden Shovel Anthology
  • 01-15-2017