Brooksfest: A Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Celebration
Keynote Speaker: Kevin Young, poetry editor of the New Yorker and director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library
Other speakers: Elizabeth Farnsworth, longtime correspondent and anchor of The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
Additionally readings and reminiscences by established and emerging poets, other fans of Gwendolyn Brooks, and the winners of a Brooks-themed student poetry contest.
Activities include: A morning "Poetry Walk" along the Landon Trail (beginning at 9 a.m.)
*Free food, cake, and frozen custard provided by local caterers
*Children's activities presented by the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
SPONSORED BY: the Kansas Humanities Council, ARTSConnect, the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, the Friends of Mabee Library, and the Washburn University Center for Kansas Studies, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Department of English, and Department of History.