Celebrating the Centenary of Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African American Poet Laureate

Thursday 29 June, 19:00-21:00
British Library, Euston Road, London
In honour of the life and work of US poet and civil rights icon Gwendolyn Brooks, 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
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