january, 2022

202228jan(jan 28)12:00 am05jun(jun 5)11:59 pmThe Morgan Library & Museum | 01/28/22 - 06/05/22 | A Poet’s Work In Community | Gwendolyn Brooks | Brooklyn-South

Time

January 28 (Friday) 12:00 am - June 5 (Sunday) 11:59 pm

Location

The Morgan Library & Museum

225 Madison Avenue New York 10016 United States

Organizer

The Morgan Library & Museum 225 Madison Avenue New York 10016 United States

Event Details

Art Exhbition
The Morgan Library & Museum
225 Madison Avenue New York 10016 United States

01/28/22-06/05/22

Though Brooks is generally well-known for her poetry few recognize her expansive social and political impact. The first Black author to win a Pulitzer Prize in any category Brooks led a decades-long career marked by her engagement with struggles for racial justice. Her early writings centered around the people she grew up with and observed on the streets of Bronzeville a predominantly Black neighborhood in Chicago. As her connections to this community grew in tandem with the international struggles against anti-Black racism so did the scope of her poetry and her influence. This back-and-forth between poet and community opened up surprising spaces for learning empowerment and institution building.
Comprising more than forty manuscripts broadsides and first editions A Poet’s Work In Community explores Brooks’s roles as a poet teacher mentor and community leader. It traces the effect of the resulting relationships on her work and the work of other creatives such as Dudley Randall Sonia Sanchez and Jeff Donaldson. The exhibition tells the story of Brooks as a young poet through her early published poetry establishes her relationship with the Black arts and publishing communities of the 1960s and ’70s and illuminates her contributions as a mentor to future writers through her children’s books and self-published guides for young poets. A Poet’s Work In Community comes at an important time in our collective history giving us a blueprint for building community as an essential part of creative growth.

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