The life of Gwendolyn Brooks
aaGwendolyn Brooks was born in Topeka, Kansas on June 7th 1917. However, Brooks family moved to Chicago when she was young. David Anderson Brooks was Gwendolyn's fathers name. He worked as a janitor and had hopes of becoming a doctor. Her mother, Keziah Wims worked as a schoolteacher and was a trained pianist. Gwendolyn had a passion for writing and reading that her parents supported. Brooks published her first poem at the age of 13, titled "Eventide" which appeared in "American Childhood". By the age of 17 she was frequently publishing poems in the Chicago Defender. Gwendolyn attended Junior College at Wilson, and later on worked for the National Association for the Advancement of colored people. After that, Brooks published her first collection entitled "A Street in Bronzeville". Gwendolyn was the first black author to receive the Pulitzer prize for her poem "Annie Allen". In the 1950's Brooks published her first, and only novel. It was titled "Maud Martha". It details a black women's life in short vignettes. Over her life she achieved many life goals. These goals included being named poet Laureate for the state of illinois.Gwendolyn was the first black woman appointed as consultant in poetry to the library of congress. She also RECEIVED awards such as the american academy of arts and letters award, the frost medal, a national endowment for the arts award, and the shelley memorial award. Gwendolyn Brooks passed away on December 3rd 2000 due to cancer. she lived in chicago until she passed away. Gwendolyn was 83 years old when she passed away at her home in Chicago, Illinois.
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