Spoken-word event at KWH honors activist and poet Gwendolyn Brooks

The Daily Pennsylvanian
March 30th, 2017

In tribute to great American poet and civil rights activist Gwendolyn Brooks, the Kelly Writers House welcomed editors Patricia Smith and Peter Kahn of the newly released "Golden Shovel Anthology" in a spoken-word poetry event Wednesday evening.

“This project is steeped in generosity," Kahn said. "Without the generosity of Gwendolyn Brooks, none of us would be here today.”

"The Golden Shovel Anthology" is a collection of poems written in the the style of Golden Shovel — a new poetic form developed by Terrence Hayes that incorporates original text from Brooks's poems into the ends of every line of new poetry. Golden Shovel poems can be read from left to right, as part of the new poem and from top to bottom at the right hand margin to read an original of Brooks.

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