GWENDOLYN BROOKS TYPED LETTER SIGNED, "Gwendolyn Brooks", 2 p., 5 x 3.75, by Pulitzer Prize winning Poet Laureate, Nov. 3, 1968 (the year she was appointed Poet Laureate of Illinois), to "Chairman, Afro-American Student Union, Norman, OK, describing her busy schedule and arranging an appearance. Comes with the original envelope and a copy of her photograph. All three items in fine condition.
Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks (June 7, 1917 – December 3, 2000) was an American poet, author, and teacher. Her work often dealt with the personal celebrations and struggles of ordinary people in her community. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry on May 1, 1950, for Annie Allen, making her the first African American to receive the Pulitzer.
Throughout her prolific writing career, Brooks received many more honors. She was appointed Poet Laureate of Illinois in 1968, a position she held until her death, and what is now the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress for the 1985-86 term. In 1976 she became the first African-American woman inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.