I met Gwendolyn Brooks briefly, when I was about 14 years old. I grew up in Evanston, Illinois, and I went to Evanston Township High School, where we had a very active and thriving creative writing club. Our club went on a field trip into Chicago where we attended a “write about artwork” workshop at the art museum, and then Brooks did a reading and spoke to us about what it is to be a writer (though not necessarily an author).
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