Quraysh Ali Lansana is the editing poet for In Verse, a new program by WBEZ.  This summer, they're sending out a reporter, a photographer and a poet together to reflect on the emotional weight of Chicago's gun violence. 

Friday, July 21

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Windy City Times covers Quraysh's reading with Sandra Jackson-Opoku, Tara Betts and Keith Wilson at Women & Children First — 5233 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640. Read the full story here.

photo credit: Tom Cruze/Sun-Times

Qurash Ali Lansana helps celebrate Kelan Phil Cohran's 90th birthday party. The celebration took place at 63rd Street Beach with the voices of David Boykin, Ugochi Nwaogwugwu and more. Read the full story here.

The Chicago Review of Books takes on The Whiskey of Our Discontent: Gwendolyn Brooks as Conscience and Change Agent–the anthology dedicated to "Chicago's greatest gift to American arts and culture." Reviewer, Aram Mrjoian, goes on to describe the anthology as an analys...

Mass Poetry publishes "Concealed and Carried: Gwendolyn Brooks' Loaded Boxes" — an essay written by Quraysh Ali Lansana, originally published in the anthology, The Whiskey of Our Discontent: Gwendolyn Brooks as Conscience and Change Agent, ed. with Georgia A. Popoff (H...


This series of posts published by Harriet — The Poetry Foundation's literary blog — has been curated by Quraysh Ali Lansana in honor of Gwendolyn Brooks during the month of her 100th birthday. The Brooks bloggers for June are: Randall Horton, Simone Muench, Evie Shock...

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