“a song in the front yard”
Gwendolyn Brooks was a poet, author, and teacher. Her work often dealt with the personal celebrations and struggles of ordinary people in her community.
Brooks began writing at an early age. She published her first poem in a children’s magazine at age 13. In 1936, Brooks graduated from Wilson Junior College, having already begun to write and publish her work. By 16, she had published approximately 75 poems.
She won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry on May 1, 1950, for Annie Allen making her the first African American to receive the Pulitzer. rooks published her first book of poetry, A Street in Bronzeville, in 1945. The book was an instant success, leading to a Guggenheim Fellowship and other honors. Her second book, Annie Allen, appeared in 1949. Gwendolyn Brooks died of cancer on December 3, 2000, at the age of 83.