© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
Kitchenette Building

Kitchenette Building


by Gwendolyn Brooks

Kitchenette Building Resources


The Poetry Foundation

The Poetry Foundation has tons of info on Brooks, including audio recordings of some of her poems, as well as articles, and recommendations for further reading.

Encyclopedia of Chicago

Who knew there was such a cool resource? Check out this entry on kitchenette buildings to learn more about where (and when) this poem is coming from.


Brooks Bio

This vid sketches out a tribute to the poet's life and work.

Throwback Vid! Brooks in 1986

Brooks sits down with the director of the Library of Congress folklore division to discuss her work and influences on her work.


Brooks Reads the Poem

Hear it in the poet's own voice.

Brooks Reads a Handful of Her Other Poems

Listen to Brooks read a selection of her poems and enjoy the music of them. Recorded in 1961 at the Library of Congress.

Celebrate Poetry Day with Brooks

Brooks lectures at poetry day in Chicago in 1990.


Brooks at the Typewriter

Here's an early photo of Brooks, poised to do what she did best.

Brooks through a Different Lens

Here's Brooks later on in life, with glasses.

At the Mic

Brooks continued to read and give lectures until very late in her life.

Articles and Interviews

Put it in Perspective

Critic Hannah Brooks-Motl delves into the history surrounding kitchenettes, and what that meant for Brooks.

Interview at James Madison University

Brooks dishes info on her early life, who and what influenced her poetry, and what it's like to be Poet Laureate.

Looking Back

This New York Times interview looks back at Brooks's life and career after her death at age 83.


Selected Poems

You'll find "Kitchenette Building" and more of Brooks's most famous poems in this collection.

Pulitzer Material!

Brooks won the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for her collection Annie Allen.

Brooks on Brooks

Brooks published her autobiography, Report from Part One, in 1972.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...