June 7, 2017 would have been the 100th birthday of poet and Chicago cultural icon Gwendolyn Brooks. To commemorate this occasion, Curbside Splendor has published Revise the Psalm: Work Inspired by the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks, edited by Quraysh Ali Lansana and Sandra Jackson-Opoku. The collection features poetry, short fiction and prose, and visual art inspired by Brooks’ work and legacy. Contributors include Avery R. Young, Gregory Pardlo, Adrian Matejka, Marilyn Nelson, Major Jackson, Angela Jackson, Tyehimba Jess, Evie Shockley, and Thomas Sayers Ellis.
About the editors:
Quraysh Ali Lansana is author or editor of twenty books. He is a faculty member of the Writing Program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Lansana served as Director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing at Chicago State University from 2002 to 2011.
Sandra Jackson-Opoku has authored two novels. The River Where Blood is Born earned the American Library Association Black Caucus Award for Best Fiction; Hot Johnny (and the Women Whom Loved Him) was an Essence magazine bestseller. Her fiction, poetry, articles, essays, and scripts have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Ms. magazine, the Literary Traveler, Islands Magazine, and elsewhere.