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Gwendolyn Brooks
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    (June 7, 1917-December 3, 2000)
    Born in Topeka, Kansas
    Raised in Chicago
    Wrote poetry collections 'A Street in Bronzeville' (1945), 'Annie Allen' (1949), 'Bronzeville Boys and Girls' (1956), 'The Bean Eaters' (1960), 'In the Mecca' (1968), 'Report From Part One' (1972), 'Primer for Blacks' (1987), 'Children Coming Home' (1991) and 'In Montgomery' (2003)
    Wrote novel 'Maud Martha' (1953)
    Poetry consultant to the Library of Congress (1985)
    Jefferson Lecturer for the National Endowment for the Humanities (1994)
    Her parents forbade her from playing with other children on her street.
    She kept to herself in high school.
    Her earlier poetry has been criticized for not being concerned enough with social and racial issues.
    On the other hand, her later work has been labeled too 'political.'
    'We Real Cool,' a poem about high school dropouts, has ironically become a classroom staple.
    She published her first poem at age 13.
    Langston Hughes encouraged her writing when she was a teenager.
    She was the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize.
    She became a key figure in the Black Arts movement in 1967.
    She switched from major publishing houses in favor of smaller presses.
    She held workshops and contests for inner-city children.
    Rita Dove said her poems 'weren't afraid to take the language and revamp it, twist it and energize it.'

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