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January 08, 2014


I was at Printers Row Book Fair when the US Post Office dedicated the stamp to Gwendolyn Brooks. I was running the poetry tent, I have some pics. somewhere I can send you. It was quite a thing. - Mark Eleveld

Thank you for highlighting this developments. The importance of her papers -- and the care with which they deserve to be treated at their new homes in Berkeley and Champaign-Urbana -- cannot be overemphasized. Our university libraries will increasingly be consulted for access to the papers of authors, artists, and other persons of historical import. Odd to be a member of the last generation to have "papers" in this sense. Odd for an era to slip into a museum while you watch.

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