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GWENDOLYN BROOKS

 

Gwendolyn Brooks was born on June 7, 1917 in the town of Topeka, Kansas. Poet Gwendolyn Brooks moved to Chicago with her family at a young age.

 

She  began writing and publishing as a teenager, published her first poem in a children's magazine at age 13. By 16, she had published approximately 75 poems. She began submitting her work to the Chicago Defender, a leading African American newspaper. Her work included ballads, sonnets and free verse.

 

She eventually achieved national fame for her 1945 collection A Street in Bronzeville. 

 

In 1950 Brooks became the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize, for her for her 1949 book 'Annie Allen.'. 

 

She died in her Chicago home on December 3, 2000. She is buried at Lincoln Cemetery in Blue Island, Illinois.

https://www.biography.com/writer/gwendolyn-brooks

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