Gwendolyn Brooks

By: Kaliey Owens

Life Overview . . .

  • Brooks was born in Topeka, Kansas, on June 7, 1917.
  • She is known for being a poet.
  • She began writing and publishing as a teenager, eventually achieving 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 book Annie Allen.
  • She died in her Chicago home on December 3, 2000.

More Information

  • Education - Englewood High School, Wilson Junior College, Chicago, IL (1936)
  • Works & Achievements- Pulitzer-prize winner, Known for portrayal of racial discrimination and poverty in her works
  • Awards _1992- Aiken Taylor Award 1995 Shelley Memorial Award