Reading from "Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks"

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Quraysh Ali Lansana, Sandra Jackson-Opoku, Keith S. Wilson, and Tina Jenkins Bell will discuss Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks.

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At the Co-op


About the book: The year 2017 marks the 100th birthday of the late poet and cultural icon Gwendolyn Brooks. Miss Brooks' depictions of poor and working class African Americans provides insight into the civil rights movement of the 1960s, and her lens on the Great Migration, hard and necessary truths about race injustice, and the Black Power movement interprets and contextualizes current racial inequities and tensions. This collection of poetry, essays, and art inspired by the work of Miss Brooks celebrates her life, writing, and activism.

About Quraysh Ali Lansana: Quraysh Ali Lansana is author or editor of twenty books. He is a faculty member of the Writing Program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Lansana served as Director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing at Chicago State University from 2002 to 2011.

About Sandra Jackson-Opoku: Sandra Jackson-Opoku has authored two novels. The River Where Blood is Born earned the American Library Association Black Caucus Award for Best Fiction; Hot Johnny (and the Women Whom Loved Him) was an Essence magazine bestseller. Her fiction, poetry, articles, essays, and scripts have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Ms. magazine, the Literary Traveler, Islands Magazine, and elsewhere.

About Keith S. Wilson: Keith S. Wilson is an Affrilachian Poet, Cave Canem fellow, and graduate of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, as well as a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts fellow and recipient of three Bread Loaf scholarships. His work has appeared or is appearing in the following journals: American Letters & Commentary, 32 Poems, Cider Press Review, Anti-, Muzzle, Mobius, and The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature. Additionally, he has had poems nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net award.

About Tina Jenkins Bell: Tina Jenkins Bell is a freelance writer, fiction writer, and playwright who lives in Chicago with her husband, two sons, and neighborhood dog, Bella. Her short stories and a novel excerpt were published in Hair Trigger, BAC Street, Expressions and Guildworks Journals. She has also written for the Chicago Tribune, Crain's Chicago Business, and Upscale Magazine, among others. She is a member of FLOW (For Love of Writing) and recently completed two short story fellowships with Colgate University and the Midwest Writer's Conference.

Event Location: 
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637