Illinois Humanities partnered with Our Miss Brooks 100 and the Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago to honor the legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks on the centennial of her birth. Illinois Humanities is helping to revive the statewide youth poetry awards that Ms. Brooks herself led for about 30 years – now headed up by Quraysh Ali Lansana, Amina Dickerson, Nora Brooks Blakely (Gwendolyn’s daughter), and others.
The Gwendolyn Brooks Youth Poetry Awards are for K-12 students in schools (public, private, home) throughout the state of Illinois. Students can enter on their own or have a parent or teacher submit their entry. All entries must be the original work of the student. Winners will be announced on July 28, 2017.