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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: Carolyn Rodgers

Genre: C:ADULT Poetry

Born: December 14, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Carolyn was born and raised in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Carolyn Rodgers, a Chicago poet, playwright and author who first learned her trade in the Organization of Black American Culture (OBAC) Writer's Workshop meetings and Gwendolyn Brooks' Writers Workshops, was distinctive as a new black woman poet in the late 1960s, when she published her first two books, for her vehement adherence to the Black Arts program.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- *Poet Laureate Award, Society of Midland Authors

-- *Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, 2012