CANCELLED - Suzanne Slade and Cozbi Cabrera - "Exquisite"

Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 11:30am - 12:30pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Suzanne Slade and Cozbi Cabrera
**This event has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule in the coming months.**
 
 
Suzanne Slade and Cozbi A. Cabrera discuss Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks. Young readers of all ages are invited to read aloud an original or favorite poem about "real life" in honor of Gwendolyn Brooks (see details below)! A Q&A and signing will follow.
 
At 57th Street Books
 
RSVP HERE (Please note your RSVP is requested, but not required)
 
About the book: Gwendolyn Brooks (1917–2000) is known for her poems about “real life.” She wrote about love, loneliness, family, and poverty—showing readers how just about anything could become a beautiful poem. Exquisite follows Gwendolyn from early girlhood into her adult life, showcasing her desire to write poetry from a very young age. This picture-book biography explores the intersections of race, gender, and the ubiquitous poverty of the Great Depression—all with a lyrical touch worthy of the subject. Gwendolyn Brooks was the first Black person to win the Pulitzer Prize, receiving the award for poetry in 1950. And in 1958, she was named the poet laureate of Illinois. A bold artist who from a very young age dared to dream, Brooks will inspire young readers to create poetry from their own lives.
 
About the author: Suzanne Slade is the award-winning author of many books for children, including several about other groundbreaking women, such as Dangerous Jane and A Computer Called Katherine. Slade lives in Libertyville, Illinois. 
 
About the illustrator: Cozbi A. Cabrera holds a BFA from Parsons School of Design. She has illustrated several books for children and is also well known for her handmade cloth dolls. Cabrera lives in Evanston, Illinois.
 

Illus. by Ronnie Solbert from Bronzeville Boys and Girls (1956) by Gwendolyn Brooks 
 
57th Street Books' Young Readers Advisory Board invites young readers of all ages to help honor the legacy and spirit of Gwendolyn Brooks by writing and submitting an original poem to kidsbooks@semcoop.com by Monday, April 13. All who enter will be invited to read their poem aloud before a live audience at our event for Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks on Saturday, April 18 at 11:30am, and select entries will be chosen to appear in A Young Person's Guide to 57th Street Books, 57th Street Books' dedicated Children's newsletter. Additionally, readers may choose a favorite poem about "real life" to read at the event. 
 
Need help getting started? 57th Street Books' Young Readers Advisory Board has assembled the following prompts to help you create poetry from life: 
 
1. Write a poem about your favorite books. 
2. Write a poem using all five senses (sound, smell, etc.). Or write about a smell that reminds you of something. 
3. Write a poem about an object that plays a role in your life. 
4. Write a poem about something that happened to you or something you hope/fear will happen. 
5. Write a poem about how you feel when you practice your favorite hobby, instrument, or sport. 
6. Write a concrete poem
7. Write a poem that describes someone by contrasting different aspects of their personality. 
8. Write a poem reflecting on greatness and gratitude or noticing and appreciating. 
9. Write a poem about a moment that changed you. 
10. Read poems from Gwendolyn Brooks' Bronzeville Boy and Girls. You can find several examples here
 
 
Event Location: 
57th Street Books
1301 E. 57th St
Chicago, IL 60637