The Bean Eaters
by Gwendolyn Brooks
The Bean Eaters Resources
A quick and useful introduction to Brooks's life and work here.
Want to know more about Brooks's inspirations and technique? Then check out this interview from The Artful Dodge.
Shortly after Brooks died in 2000, The Guardian published this well-written account of her influence in black communities around the world.
OK, so it's not "The Bean Eaters." But this video is a pretty cool (pun intended) example of how Brooks's work influences readers today.
Listen to scholars discuss Brooks's work and watch her read some of her own poems.
Library of Congress recordings are just about as official as you can get! Check out their Brooks archive at the Poetry Foundation.
Well, then, this CD will help you get your fix of Brooks's poetry. Brooks reads 27 (27!) of her works.
Listen to National Public Radio's reflection on Brooks's life and works shortly after her death in 2000.
Listen to a discussion of black women poets (including Brooks) in this fascinating radio from Pacifica.
So young. So wholesome. What's not to love?
A picture of Brooks in academic regalia. Hey, who doesn't like Harry Potter-esque robes?
Maybe you like books. Maybe you're just crazy about mid-century art. Either way, these book jackets are fun to check out!
So you like Brooks, but fiction is more your style? Check out her novel, then.
An entire collection of some of Brooks's most well-known poems.