Centennial Brooks: A Tribute Celebration


Apr 6–8, 2017 / Free
A three-day tribute gathering of scholars, writers, musicians, and fans of Gwendolyn Brooks

Thu, Apr 6 / 7–9pm
DuSable Museum of African American History

Fri, Apr 7 / 9am–7pm
Sat, Apr 8 / 9am–9:30pm
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts


In honor of the 100th anniversary of Gwendolyn Brooks’ birth, the University of Chicago will host Centennial Brooks—a three-day scholarly conference and a celebration of the life and poetry of the first African American poet to win the Pulitzer Prize.

Featuring Nora Brooks Blakely, Ishion Hutchinson, Haki Madhubuti, Ed Roberson, Sonia Sanchez, and Evie Shockley, with a performance of music and poetry by Jamila Woods, and the premiere of a commission by Nicole Mitchell and the Black Earth Ensemble.

Centennial Brooks is presented by the University of Chicago in partnership with the DuSable Museum of African American History and the Poetry Foundation, and in collaboration with Our Miss Brooks 100 and Brooks Permissions.

All events are free and open to the public.

UChicago Gray Center presents Readings and Talks Towards a Collective Poetics of Breath, Wednesday January 27

Mellon Fellows Caroline Bergvall, Judd Morrissey, and Jennifer Scappettone launch their residency surrounding The Data That We Breathe with presentations of their individual practices, and with discussion of their initial forays into the physical, poetic, and performative dimensions of breath.  Wed Jan 27, 7p in the Gray Center Lab.

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The RICHARD AND MARY L. GRAY CENTER FOR ARTS AND INQUIRY is a new forum at the University of Chicago for experimental collaborations between artists and scholars.