Seventeen writers, educators, and close friends of the late poet contribute their praise through this collection of brief anecdotes from actual encounters with Gwendolyn Brooks. The contributors relate the poet's influences on their art, their lives, and the world; expressing their indebtedness for the revolutionary language of her poems, her universal maternity, and her outstanding kindness. Some of Brook's most influential poems are included such that this tribute keeps her words and wisdom alive.
Jacqueline Bryant is an associate professor of English and affiliate faculty member of African American studies at Chicago State University; the author of ""The Foremother Figure in Early Black Women's Literature: Clothed in My Right Mind""; and the editor of"" Gwendolyn Brooks' Maud Martha: A Critical Collection. ""Her works have appeared in ""African American Rhetoric, CLA Journal, Journal of Black Studies, ""and ""A Jubilee Project of Olivet Institutional Baptist Church."" She lives in Chicago.