By Chicago Literary Hall of Fame
The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, in partnership with sculptor Margot McMahon, Chicago Park District, the Poetry Foundation, and Brooks Permissions, cleared the final hurdle to approval of a landmark installation in Brooks Park. The Chicago Park District recently green-lighted final plans to install a larger-than-life bronze portrait of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks, along with a porch modeled after the poet’s childhood writing spot, a stepping stone path etched with memorable Annie Allen quotations, and a stone circle symbolic of her enlarged world post-literary acclaim.
The Chicago Park District also awarded the CLHOF a $2,000 grant and other support to help stage the unveiling on Thursday, June 7, 2018, at Gwendolyn Brooks Park, 4542 S. Greenwood Ave. in Chicago, which would have been Brooks’ 101st birthday. The program, which is part of the Night Out in the Parks series, will run from 6-8 p.m. and include readings, performances, and tributes.