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Gwendolyn Brooks

(1917 – 2000)

  • Born in Topeka
  • Published her first work at age 13
  • Received Pulitzer Prize in 1950 for her book of poetry, Annie Allen
  • Served as poet laureate of Illinois
  • First African American woman to receive Pulitzer and be chosen as poetry consultant for the Library of Congress

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