Adib Baji Mrs. Roy English IV 2/15/2018 Gwendolyn Brooks Gwendolyn Brooks, also referred to as Gwendie, was a post-war poet and one of the most highly influential and most read poets of the 20th century. She was born on June 7, 1917 in Topeka, Kansas. When she was still young, her family moved to Chicago, where Brooks passion for reading and writing grew. It was evident early on in her life that Brooks was gifted in writing, and this was proven when she published her first poem, “Eventide”, at the age of thirteen, and it appeared in American Childhood . When she was just seventeen, Brooks had begun frequently publishing poems in a newspaper for the black population of Chicago, the Chicago Defender. Brooks was involved in the Black Arts Movement, which sought to explore African American culture and history by creating politically engaging work, and to transform the way African Americans were portrayed in modern arts and literature. Brook’s political activism lead
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