Our Miss Brooks 100: A Centennial Celebration Quraysh Ali Lansana, Sandra Jackson-Opoku and Patricia Smith

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Whose Miss Brooks is She? Celebrating the 100th Year of Gwendolyn Brooks June 2017 marks the centennial anniversary of Gwendolyn Brooks, one of the 20th century’s pre-eminent poets and voices of social justice. Miss Brooks was a bold and compassionate voice with an extraordinary perspective as she explored an ever-changing political climate that encompassed decades of confronting oppression and illusion, here in Chicago and nationally. Please join Our Miss Brooks 100 (OMB100), Haymarket Books (The Whiskey of Our Discontent: Gwendolyn Brooks as Conscience and Change Agent, June 2017) and Curbside Splendor Publishing (Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks, January 2017) as we honor, celebrate and explore the impact and influence one of the finest practitioners of the craft and canon of Western poetry and conscious chroniclers of American society and the Black American experience. This conversation includes anthology editors Sandra Jackson-Opoku, Georgia A. Popoff and Quraysh Ali Lansana, who is the artistic director of OMB100 and Miss Brooks last student. They will be joined by Patricia Smith and several special guests.

Saturday, June 10, 11:45 am - 12:30 pm

Jones College Prep/4th Floor/4034

Quraysh Ali Lansana

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Quraysh Ali Lansana

Quraysh Ali Lansana is the author or editor of more than twenty books. He is a faculty member at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Lansana served as Director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing at Chicago State University from 2002 to 2011.

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Sandra Jackson-Opoku

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Sandra Jackson-Opoku

Sandra Jackson-Opoku authored the American Library Association Black Caucus award-winning The River Where Blood is Born. Hot Johnny (and the Women Whom Loved Him) was an Essence Magazine Hardcover Fiction Bestseller. With poet Quraysh Ali Lansana she coedited the anthology, Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks.

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Patricia Smith

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Patricia Smith

National Book Award finalist, Patricia Smith is the author of Incendiary Art: Poems (TriQuarterly, 2017). Her awards include the 2014 Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize from the Library of Congress. She is an associate professor of English at CUNY/College of Staten Island, and on faculty at Sierra Nevada College.

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Mayda Del Valle

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Mayda Del Valle

Mayda Del Valle is a proud native of Chicago’s South Side. She is the author of The University of Hip Hop: Poems. Del Valle has appeared on Russell Simmons's Def Poetry Jam on HBO and was a original cast member of the Tony Award–winning Def Poetry Jam on Broadway.

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