>>INFO: annual gwendolyn brooks writers' conference postponed
Storied Writers’ Conference sets its eye on April 2009
CHICAGO – The Gwendolyn Brooks Center, founded in 1990, has served as a literary haven within and beyond the Chicago State University community for almost two decades.
During this period, the annual Gwendolyn Brooks
Conference for Black Literature and Creative Writing has emerged as one
of the premier literary and cultural conferences in the world. Many
writers of African descent, both nationally and internationally
renowned, have paused in their travels to share wisdom and genius on
Chicago’s south side.
For the last 17 years the Gwendolyn Brooks Writers’ Conference has
commenced every October, often in the face of limited resources.
Depending on resources from both external grants, including State
agencies, and the university, planning for a conference to be held in
October is at odds with the calendars for our funding sources.
Consequently, it has been decided that beginning with the 18th Annual
Gwendolyn Brooks Writers’ Conference, originally slated for October
22-25, 2008, the conference will be moved to the month of April (which
is also National Poetry Month), a time more consistent with grants and
other resources that are available for literary institutions like
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