The 2017 Gwendolyn Brooks Youth Poetry Awards Winners

Illinois Humanities along with Our Miss Brooks 100 and other partners is pleased that we were able to honor the legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks on the centennial of her birth by reviving  the statewide youth poetry awards that she began and led for about 30 years.

The Gwendolyn Brooks Youth Poetry Awards are for K-12 students in schools (public, private, home) throughout the state of Illinois. Students can enter on their own or have a parent or teacher submit their entry. All entries must be the original work of the student.

Stay tuned for more information about future award submissions and information.

2017 Winners

The 2017 #GBYPA winners and honorable mentions poets were honored at an awards ceremony  during the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts 5 year bash on  Saturday, Oct. 7th, 2017

And click here to read our post on our winners, the Awards, and Miss Gwendolyn Brooks, which even includes photos from the Gwendolyn Brooks archives at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Click here to view the poems by the winners.

Click here to view the poems by the honorable mentions.