This year's theme, Fine Fury: Celebrating Gwendolyn Brooks at 90, underscores the conference focus on literary artists who, like Ms. Brooks, use their pen as a tool of activism. Ms. Brooks, Illinois' former poet laureate, would have celebrated her 90th birthday on June 7, 2007. Dr. Donda West, Sonia Sanchez and Martín Espada are joined by other prolific writers and poets of the African Diaspora as part of the 17th Annual Gwendolyn Brooks Writers' Conference.
This panel reflected on the life and works of Gwendolyn Brooks and included: Randall Horton, poet, author, editor and CSU alumnus who is the Former Editor of Warpland: A Journal of Black; Margo Crawford, Assistant Professor of African American literature in the English department at Vassar College; Cheryl Clarke, author, poet and Director of the Office of Diverse Community Affairs and Lesbian-Gay Concerns at Rutgers University; Dr. Jacqueline Bryant, author and Professor of English at Chicago State University; and Gregory Pardlo, poet, author and Assistant Professor of English at Medgar Evers College, CUNY.
Events recorded as part of this conference:
The Landscape of Today's Media
The State of Black Theater
Hip Hop & Social Justice
Keynote Address: Dr. Donda West
Gwendolyn Brooks Panel
A Giant's Day Celebration of the Life and Works of Sonia Sanchez
Sister Poets In The Black Arts Movement
Conversation with Sonia Sanchez and Haki Madhubuti
Giant's Day Address