BrooksDay@Nite: Gwendolyn Brooks’ 100th Birthday Celebration

Submitted by BrooksDay on Sun, 06/04/2017 - 5:36pm
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 5:30pm to 9:45pm

BrooksDay@Nite: Gwendolyn Brooks’ 100th Birthday Celebration


CHICAGO, IL -   BrooksDay@Nite: Praise & Jubilation is Gwendolyn Brooks’ 100th birthday celebration AND THE ONLY CELEBRATION ON HER BIRTHDAY. This gala celebration will include 100 one-minute performances, reception, birthday cake, Brooks books tables, and more.


Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E 60th Street Chicago, IL 60637, doors open at 5:30 PM for hors d'oeuvres before the 6:00 PM performance. BrooksDay@Nite is a one-of-a-kind evening celebration of curated performances by some of Chicago’s greatest artists, and will include poetry readings, remembrances of Brooks, live music, original dance, digital media, and live visual art brought to you by the BrooksDay Steering Committee, the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, and other city-wide BrooksDay partners.  


BrooksDay@Nite is the fifth annual BrooksDay birthday celebration of the acclaimed Gwendolyn Brooks who was known for her many literary and community accomplishments including:


  • America's’ first Black Pulitzer Prize recipient in 1950

  • the United States’ Poetry Consultant for the Library of Congress from 1985 to 1986 a position now known as Poet Laureate

  • the Poet Laureate of Illinois from 1968 to 2000

  • inspiration and, instigator for countless scholars and wordsmiths who became our next generation’s poets, teachers, librarians, and change makers

  • a mother, mentor, poet, teacher and listener who would have turned 100 years old this June 7th!


Reservered seating tickets are FREE via




Tyehimba Jess

Angela Jackson

Haki Madhubuti

Nate Marshall

Kevin Coval

Marcus Dunlevy

Runako Jahi

Cheryl Lynn Bruce

Patricia Smith

Tara Betts

C. Russell Price

Natasha Estevez

Mario Smith

Nicole Bond

Judith Heineman

Toni Asante Lightfoot


Nora Brooks Blakely

Andrea Change

Traci Hall

Peter Kahn

Christian Funches

Val Gray Ward

Sandra Jackson-Opoku

Quraysh Lansana

Reg Gibbons

Michael Puican

Aurora Performance Group

Maggie Brown

Toni Asante Lightfoot

Eva Miller

Britteney Black Rose Kapri

A.J. McLenon





BrooksDay Steering Committee Members:

Nora Brooks Blakely Co-Chair, Lisa Wagner Co-Chair, Rosellen Brown, Andrea Change, Michael Puican, Krystal Grover Webb



For 25 years, the Guild Literary Complex has been a Chicago–based literary organization presenting and supporting diverse, divergent, and emerging voices through programming that is as dynamic as Chicago itself. Actively working with individuals and organizations from all of Chicago’s many neighborhoods, the Guild seeks to connect seemingly disparate groups and geographies through literature—bringing unexpected writers, programs, and audiences together.

Lisa Wagner, Executive Director

Co-Chair BrooksDay Steering Committee




Managing the literary works of acclaimed writer, Gwendolyn Brooks, while demonstrating the continued relevance of her work in the 21st century and beyond.  Founded in 2001, was initially created as the official licensing firm for the literary works of Gwendolyn Brooks after her passing in 2000.  Offering products and programming, which will shed more light on the life and works of Ms. Brooks.  Brooks Permissions processes numerous requests for Ms. Brooks’ works annually, working with mainstream, educational, and independent publishers, as well as individual artists for projects ranging from literary anthologies and academic course packs to theatrical performances, multimedia projects and more.

Nora Brooks Blakely, President

Co-Chair BrooksDay Steering Committee


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Location and contact
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
915 E 60th Street
Chicago  Illinois  60637
United States