19
Aug
08

Quote of the Day: Gwendolyn Brooks

Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet

Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet

“Art hurts. Art urges voyages–and it is easier to stay at home.”

Born in Topeka, KS to a runaway slave and a schoolteacher, Gwendolyn Brooks was encouraged at a young age to read and write. By the age of 13, she had published her first poem. A Street in Bronzeville became her first book of poetry and instantly Gwendolyn Brooks became the darling of the poetry world. It was her 1949 collection of poetry Annie Allen that earned Gwendolyn Brooks the distinction of being the first African-American to win a Pulitzer Prize.

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