Chronology
1917 Born on June 7 in Topeka, Kansas, to David and Keziah Brooks. One month later the three move to Hyde Park, Chicago.
1918 Brother Raymond born.
1921 Family moves to Chicago's South Side, where Gwendolyn lives until she is married. Brooks later plans to make the house into an arts center, but the building is ruined by fire in 1984.
1930 First poem, " Eventide," published at the age of 13 in American Childhood magazine.
1932 Enrolled in Hyde Park High School, which was predominantly white. Then transfers to Wendell Phillips High School, which was all black, and then to the integrated Englewood High School.
1933 Sends poems to James Weldon Johnson. Mother brings her to see him and Langston Hughes at neighboring churches. Both poets encourage her to continue writing.
1934 Begins weekly contributions to the Chicago Defender, a black newspaper, which publishes 75 of her poems in two years. Graduates from Englewood High School.
1936 Graduates from Wilson Junior College.
1937 Two poems appear in anthologies of American poetry.

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