Chicago State University

An Exceeding Sun: The 21st Annual Gwendolyn Brooks Conference for Black Literature and Creative Writing

Featuring: Nikky Finney, Mitchell L.H. Douglas, Parneshia Jones, Kelly Norman Ellis, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Ifa Bayeza, Lawrence P. Jackson, Paul Martinez Pompa, Kristiana Rae Colon, Duriel Harris, Triple Blak, Ra Shelton, Sandra Jackson-Opoku, Nnedi Okorafor, Brenda Eatmon Aghahowa, Pancho McFarland, and many more. See Conference Highlights for writer information.

Poet Nikky Finney headlines the Gwendolyn Brooks Spotlight Reading

The 2011 conference activities include panel discussions, open mic, musical interludes, receptions, and a MFA student reading.

For more information about this event, please contact The Gwendolyn Brooks Center at 773-995-4440 or Information can also be found at

Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing was founded in 1990 on the historic campus of Chicago State University.  It is named after Ms. Brooks, the former Poet Laureate of the State of Illinois and Distinguished Professor of English at Chicago State University. This Gwendolyn Brooks Conference for Black Literature and Creative Writing is sponsored The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council and the Chicago State University College of Arts & Sciences.