Celebrating the Centenary of Gwendolyn Brooks

Thursday 29 June, 19:00-21:00
British Library, Euston Road, London
Gwendolyn Brooks was the second African American Poet Laureate, the first African American Pulitzer Prize-winner, a civil rights icon and huge inspiration o countless people. In honour her life and work, The Golden Shovel Anthology includes a range of eclectic international poets, from Pulitzer and T S Eliot Prize Winners to up-and-coming names. The anthology uses a dynamic new poetic form, the Golden Shovel, created by National Book Award winner Terrance Hayes, where the last words of each line of the poem are, in order, words from a line or lines taken from a Brooks poem.
Join renowned African American poets Patricia Smith (co-editor) and Terrance Hayes (foreword) on a rare London visit to launch The Golden Shovel Anthology and to celebrate Gwendolyn Brooks’s centenary alongside an array of UK poets from the book. Hosting the evening is innovative spoken word curator Peter Kahn (co-editor), founding member of the London poetry collective Malika’s Kitchen.
The Golden Shovel Anthology is published by The University of Arkansas Press and is co-edited by Peter Kahn, Ravi Shankar and Patricia Smith, with a foreword by Terrance Hayes.
Other performers on the night who have contributed to the anthology include:
Raymond Antrobus
Malika Booker 
Cat Brogan
Inua Ellams
Aisling Fahey
Keith Jarrett
Anthony Joseph
Nick Makoha
Karen McCarthy Woolf
Miriam Nash
Roger Robinson
Kadija Sesay
Dorothea Smartt
Deborah Stevenson
George Szirtes
Indigo Williams 



This event is in partnership with The British Library, Forward Arts Foundation and University of Arkansas Press. It is made possible by the generous support of Arts Council England
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