Awards & Other Booklists

Pulitzer Prizes
1950-present


Works are judged in these five categories:

For distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life.
For a distinguished book upon the history of the United States.
For a distinguished biography or autobiography by an American author.
For a distinguished volume of original verse by an American author.
For a distinguished book of non-fiction by an American author that is not eligible for consideration in any other category.

For more information and for prizes given before 1950, see: The Pulitzer Prizes website



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Year Category Title Author
2016 Biography Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life William Finnegan
  Drama Hamilton Lin-Manuel Miranda
  Fiction The Sympathizer Viet Thanh Nguyen
  History Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America T.J. Stiles
  Nonfiction Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS Joby Warrick
  Poetry Ozone Journal Peter Balakian
2015 Biography The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe David I. Kertzer
  Drama Between Riverside and Crazy Stephen Adly Guirgis
  Fiction All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  History Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People Elizabeth A. Fenn
  Nonfiction The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History Elizabeth Kolbert
  Poetry Digest Gregory Pardlo
2014 Biography Margaret Fuller: A New American Life Megan Marshall
  Drama The Flick Annie Baker
  Fiction The Goldfinch Donna Tartt
  History The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 Alan Taylor
  Nonfiction Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation Dan Fagin
  Poetry 3 Sections Vijay Seshadri
2013 Biography The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo Tom Reiss
  Drama Disgraced Ayad Akhtar
  Fiction The Orphan Master's Son Adam Johnson
  History Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam Fredrik Logevall
  Nonfiction Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America Gilbert King
  Poetry Stag's Leap Sharon Olds
2012 Biography George F. Kennan: An American Life John Lewis Gaddis
  Drama Water by the Spoonful Quiara Alegría Hudes
  Fiction No Prize Awarded
  History Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention Manning Marable
  Nonfiction The Swerve: How the World Became Modern Stephen Greenblatt
  Poetry Life on Mars Tracy K. Smith
2011 Biography Washington: A Life Ron Chernow
  Drama Clybourne Park Bruce Norris
  Fiction A Visit from the Goon Squad Jennifer Egan
  History The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery Eric Foner
  Nonfiction The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer Siddhartha Mukherjee
  Poetry The Best of It: New and Selected Poems Kay Ryan
2010 Biography The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt T.J. Stiles
  Drama Next to Normal Music by Tom Kitt, Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
  Fiction Tinkers Paul Harding
  History Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World Liaquat Ahamed
  Nonfiction The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy David E. Hoffman
  Poetry Versed Rae Armantrout
2009 Biography American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House Jon Meacham
  Drama Ruined Lynn Nottage
  Fiction Olive Kitteridge Elizabeth Strout
  History The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family Annette Gordon-Reed
  Nonfiction Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II Douglas A. Blackmon
  Poetry The Shadow of Sirius W.S. Merwin
2008 Biography Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father John Matteson
  Drama August: Osage County Tracy Letts
  Fiction The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Diaz
  History What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 Daniel Walker Howe
  Nonfiction The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945 Saul Friedlšnder
  Poetry Time and Materials Robert Hass
    Failure Philip Schultz
2007 Biography The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher Debby Applegate
  Drama Rabbit Hole David Lindsay-Abaire
  Fiction The Road Cormac McCarthy
  History The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff
  Nonfiction The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 Lawrence Wright
  Poetry Native Guard Natasha Trethewey
2006 Biography American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin
  Drama No Award  
  Fiction March Geraldine Brooks
  History Polio: An American Story David M. Oshinsky
  Nonfiction Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya Caroline Elkins
  Poetry Late Wife Claudia Emerson
2005 Biography de Kooning: An American Master Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan
  Drama Doubt, a parable John Patrick Shanley
  Fiction Gilead Marilynne Robinson
  History Washington's Crossing David Hackett Fischer
  Nonfiction Ghost Wars Steve Coll
  Poetry Delights & Shadows Ted Kooser
2004 Biography Khrushchev: The Man and His Era William Taubman
  Drama I Am My Own Wife Doug Wright
  Fiction The Known World Edward P. Jones
  History A Nation Under Our Feet Steven Hahn
  Nonfiction Gulag: A History Anne Applebaum
  Poetry Walking to Martha's Vineyard Franz Wright
2003 Biography Master of the Senate Robert A. Caro
  Drama Anna in the Tropics Nilo Cruz
  Fiction Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides
  History An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943 Rick Atkinson
  Nonfiction A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide Samantha Power
  Poetry Moy Sand and Gravel Paul Muldoon
2002 Biography John Adams David McCullough
  Drama Topdog/Underdog Suzan-Lori Parks
  Fiction Empire Falls Richard Russo
  History The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America Louis Menand
  Nonfiction Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, the Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution Diane McWhorter
  Poetry Practical Gods Carl Dennis
2001 Biography W.E.B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century, 1919-1963 David Levering Lewis
  Drama Proof David Auburn
  Fiction The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Michael Chabon
  History Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation Joseph J. Ellis
  Nonfiction Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan Herbert P. Bix
  Poetry Different Hours Stephen Dunn
2000 Biography Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov) Stacy Schiff
  Drama Dinner With Friends Donald Margulies
  Fiction Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri
  History Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 David M. Kennedy
  Nonfiction Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II John W. Dower
  Poetry Repair C.K. Williams
1999 Biography Lindbergh A. Scott Berg
  Drama Wit Margaret Edson
  Fiction The Hours Michael Cunningham
  History Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace
  Nonfiction Annals of the Former World John McPhee
  Poetry Blizzard of One Mark Strand
1998 Biography Personal History Katharine Graham
  Drama How I Learned to Drive Paula Vogel
  Fiction American Pastoral Philip Roth
  History Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate over Science and Religion Edward J. Larson
  Nonfiction Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies Jared Diamond
  Poetry Black Zodiac Charles Wright
1997 Biography Angela's Ashes : A Memoir Frank McCourt
  Drama No Award  
  Fiction Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer Steven Millhauser
  History Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution Jack N. Rakove
  Nonfiction Ashes to Ashes: America's Hundred-Year Cigarette War, the Public Health, and the Unabashed Triumph of Philip Morris Richard Kluger
  Poetry Alive Together: New and Selected Poems Lisel Mueller
1996 Biography God: A Biography Jack Miles
  Drama Rent the late Jonathan Larson
  Fiction Independence Day Richard Ford
  History William Cooper's Town Alan Taylor
  Nonfiction The Haunted Land: Facing Europe's Ghosts after Communism Tina Rosenberg
  Poetry The Dream of the Unified Field Jorie Graham
1995 Biography Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Life Joan D. Hedrick
  Drama The Young Man From Atlanta Horton Foote
  Fiction The Stone Diaries Carol Shields
  History No Ordinary Time Doris Kearns Goodwin
  Nonfiction The Beak of the Finch Jonathan Weiner
  Poetry The Simple Truth Philip Levine
1994 Biography W.E.B. DuBois David L. Lewis
  Drama Three Tall Women Edward Albee
  Fiction The Shipping News E. Annie Proulx
  History No Award  
  Nonfiction Lenin's Tomb David Remnick
  Poetry Neon Vernacular Yusef Komunyakaa
1993 Biography Truman David McCullough
  Drama Angels in America: Millennium Approaches Tony Kushner
  Fiction A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain Robert Olen Butler
  History The Radicalism of the American Revolution Gordon S. Wood
  Nonfiction Lincoln at Gettysburg Garry Wills
  Poetry The Wild Iris Louise Gluck
1992 Biography Fortunate Son Lewis B. Puller, Jr.
  Drama The Kentucky Cycle Robert Schenkkan
  Fiction A Thousand Acres Jane Smiley
  History The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties Mark E. Neely, Jr.
  Nonfiction The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power Daniel Yergin
  Poetry Selected Poems James Tate
1991 Biography Jackson Pollock Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith
  Drama Lost in Yonkers Neil Simon
  Fiction Rabbit at Rest John Updike
  History A Midwife's Tale Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
  Nonfiction The Ants Bert Holldobler and Edward O. Wilson
  Poetry Near Changes Mona Van Duyn
1990 Biography Machiavelli in Hell Sebastian de Grazia
  Drama The Piano Lesson August Wilson
  Fiction The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love Oscar Hijuelos
  History In Our Image: America's Empire in the Philippines Stanley Karnow
  Nonfiction And Their Children after Them Dale Maharidge and Michael Williamson
  Poetry The World Doesn't End Charles Simic
1989 Biography Oscar Wilde Richard Ellmann
  Drama The Heidi Chronicles Wendy Wasserstein
  Fiction Breathing Lessons Anne Tyler
  History Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era James M. McPherson
  Nonfiction A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam Neil Sheehan
  Poetry New and Collected Poems Richard Wilbur
1988 Biography Look Homeward: A Life of Thomas Wolfe David Herbert Donald
  Drama Driving Miss Daisy Alfred Uhry
  Fiction Beloved Toni Morrison
  History The Launching of Modern American Science, 1846-1876 Robert Bruce
  Nonfiction The Making of the Atomic Bomb Richard Rhodes
  Poetry Partial Accounts William Meredith
1987 Biography Bearing the Cross David J. Garrow
  Drama Fences August Wilson
  Fiction A Summons to Memphis Peter Taylor
  History Voyagers to the West Bernard Bailyn
  Nonfiction Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land David K. Shipler
  Poetry Thomas and Beulah Rita Dove
1986 Biography Louise Bogan: A Portrait Elizabeth Frank
  Drama No Award  
  Fiction Lonesome Dove Larry McMurtry
  History The Heavens and the Earth Walter A. McDougall
  Nonfiction Common Ground J. Anthony Lukas
  Poetry The Flying Change Henry Taylor
1985 Biography The Life and Times of Cotton Mather Kenneth Silverman
  Drama Sunday in the Park With George Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim,
book by James Lapine
  Fiction Foreign Affairs Alison Lurie
  History Prophets of Regulation Thomas K. McCraw
  Nonfiction The Good War Studs Terkel
  Poetry Yin Carolyn Kizer
1984 Biography Booker T. Washington: The Wizard of Tuskegee, 1901-1915 Louis R. Harlan
  Drama Glengarry Glen Ross David Mamet
  Fiction Ironweed William Kennedy
  History No Award  
  Nonfiction The Social Transformation of American Medicine Paul Starr
  Poetry American Primitive Mary Oliver
1983 Biography Growing Up Russell Baker
  Drama 'Night, Mother Marsha Norman
  Fiction The Color Purple Alice Walker
  History The Transformation of Virginia, 1740-1790 Rhys L. Isaac
  Nonfiction Is There No Place on Earth for Me? Susan Sheehan
  Poetry Selected Poems Galway Kinnell
1982 Biography Grant: A Biography William McFeely
  Drama A Soldier's Play Charles Fuller
  Fiction Rabbit Is Rich John Updike
  History Mary Chesnut's Civil War edited by C. Vann Woodward
  Nonfiction The Soul of a New Machine Tracy Kidder
  Poetry The Collected Poems Sylvia Plath
1981 Biography Peter the Great: His Life and World Robert K. Massie
  Drama Crimes of the Heart Beth Henley
  Fiction A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole
  History American Education: The National Experience, 1783-1876 Lawrence A. Cremin
  Nonfiction Fin-De-Siecle Vienna: Politics and Culture Carl E. Schorske
  Poetry The Morning of the Poem James Schuyler
1980 Biography The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt Edmund Morris
  Drama Talley's Folly Lanford Wilson
  Fiction The Executioner's Song Norman Mailer
  History Been in the Storm So Long Leon F. Litwack
  Nonfiction Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid Douglas R. Hofstadter
  Poetry Selected Poems Donald Justice
1979 Biography Days of Sorrow and Pain: Leo Baeck and the Berlin Jews Leonard Baker
  Drama Buried Child Sam Shepard
  Fiction The Stories of John Cheever John Cheever
  History The Dred Scott Case Its Significance in American Law and Politics Don E. Fehrenbacher
  Nonfiction On Human Nature Edward O. Wilson
  Poetry Now and Then Robert Penn Warren
1978 Biography Samuel Johnson Walter Jackson Bate
  Drama The Gin Game Donald L. Coburn
  Fiction Elbow Room James Alan McPherson
  History The Visible Hand: The Managerial Revolution in American Business Alfred D. Chandler, Jr.
  Nonfiction The Dragons of Eden Carl Sagan
  Poetry Collected Poems Howard Nemerov
1977 Biography A Prince of Our Disorder: The Life of T.E. Lawrence John E. Mack
  Drama The Shadow Box Michael Cristofer
  Fiction No Award  
  History The Impending Crisis, 1848-1861 David M. Potter (finished by Don E. Fehrenbacher)
  Nonfiction Beautiful Swimmers William W. Warner
  Poetry Divine Comedies James Merrill
1976 Biography Edith Wharton: A Biography R.W.B. Lewis
  Drama A Chorus Line Conceived, choreographed and directed
by Michael Bennett, with book by James Kirkwood
and Nicholas Dante, music by Marvin Hamlisch,
and lyrics by Edward Kleban
  Fiction Humboldt's Gift Saul Bellow
  History Lamy of Santa Fe Paul Horgan
  Nonfiction Why Survive? Being Old in America Robert N. Butler
  Poetry Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror John Ashbery
1975 Biography The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York Robert Caro
  Drama Seascape Edward Albee
  Fiction The Killer Angels Michael Shaara
  History Jefferson and His Time, Vols. I-V Dumas Malone
  Nonfiction Pilgrim at Tinker Creek Annie Dillard
  Poetry Turtle Island Gary Snyder
1974 Biography O'Neill, Son and Artist Louis Sheaffer
  Drama No Award  
  Fiction No Award  
  History The Americans: The Democratic Experience Daniel J. Boorstin
  Nonfiction The Denial of Death Ernest Becker
  Poetry The Dolphin Robert Lowell
1973 Biography Luce and His Empire W.A. Swanberg
  Drama That Championship Season Jason Miller
  Fiction The Optimist's Daughter Eudora Welty
  History People of Paradox: An Inquiry Concerning the Origins of American Civilization Michael Kammen
  Nonfiction Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam Frances Fitzgerald
  Poetry Up Country Maxine Kumin
1972 Biography Eleanor and Franklin: The Story of Their Relationship, Based on Eleanor Roosevelt's Private Papers Joseph P. Lash
  Drama No Award  
  Fiction Angle of Repose Wallace Stegner
  History Neither Black Nor White Carl N. Degler
  Nonfiction Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-1945 Barbara W. Tuchm
  Poetry Collected Poems James Wright
1971 Biography Robert Frost: The Years of Triumph, 1915 -1938 Lawrence Thompson
  Drama The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds Paul Zindel
  Fiction No Award  
  History Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom James MacGregor Burns
  Nonfiction The Rising Sun John Toland
  Poetry The Carrier of Ladders William S. Merwin
1970 Biography Huey Long T. Harry Williams
  Drama No Place To Be Somebody Charles Gordone
  Fiction Collected Stories Jean Stafford
  History Present at the Creation: My Years in the State Department Dean Acheson
  Nonfiction Gandhi's Truth Erik H. Erikson
  Poetry Untitled Subjects Richard Howard
1969 Biography The Man from New York: John Quinn and His Friends Benjamin Lawrence Reid
  Drama The Great White Hope Howard Sackler
  Fiction House Made of Dawn N. Scott Momaday
  History Origins of the Fifth Amendment Leonard W. Levy
  Nonfiction The Armies of the Night Norman Mailer
  Poetry Of Being Numerous George Oppen
1968 Biography Memoirs George E. Kennan
  Drama No Award  
  Fiction The Confessions of Nat Turner William Styron
  History The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution Bernard Bailyn
  Nonfiction Rousseau and Revolution, The Tenth and Concluding Volume of the Story of Civilization Will and Ariel Durant
  Poetry The Hard Hours Anthony Hecht
1967 Biography Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain Justin Kaplan
  Drama A Delicate Balance Edward Albee
  Fiction The Fixer Bernard Malamud
  History Exploration and Empire: The Explorer and the Scientist in the Winning of the American West William H. Goetzmann
  Nonfiction The Problem of Slavery in Western Culture David Brion Davis
  Poetry Live or Die Anne Sexton
1966 Biography A Thousand Days Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
  Drama No Award  
  Fiction Collected Stories Katherine Anne Porter
  History The Life of the Mind in America Perry Miller
  Nonfiction Wandering through Winter Edwin Way Teale
  Poetry Selected Poems Richard Eberhart
1965 Biography Henry Adams Ernest Samuels
  Drama The Subject Was Roses Frank D. Gilroy
  Fiction The Keepers of the House Shirley Ann Grau
  History The Greenback Era Irwin Unger
  Nonfiction O Strange New World Howard Mumford Jones
  Poetry 77 Dream Songs John Berryman
1964 Biography John Keats Walter Jackson Bate
  Drama No Award  
  Fiction No Award  
  History Puritan Village: The Formation of a New England Town Sumner Chilton Powell
  Nonfiction Anti-Intellectualism in American Life Richard Hofstadter
  Poetry At the End of the Open Road Louis Simpson
1963 Biography Henry James Leon Edel
  Drama No Award  
  Fiction The Reivers William Faulkner
  History Washington, Village and Capital, 1800-1878 Constance McLaughlin Green
  Nonfiction The Guns of August Barbara W. Tuchman
  Poetry Pictures from Brueghel William Carlos Williams
1962 Biography No Award  
  Drama How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying Frank Loesser and Abe Burrows
  Fiction The Edge of Sadness Edwin O'Connor
  History The Triumphant Empire: Thunderclouds Gather in the West, 1763-1766 Lawrence H. Gipson
  Nonfiction The Making of the President, 1960 Theodore H. White
  Poetry Poems Alan Dugan
1961 Biography Charles Sumner and the Coming of the Civil War David Donald
  Drama All The Way Home Tad Mosel
  Fiction To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
  History Between War and Peace: The Potsdam Conference Herbert Feis
  Poetry Times Three: Selected Verse from Three Decades Phyllis McGinley
1960 Biography John Paul Jones Samuel Eliot Morison
  Drama Fiorello! Book by Jerome Weidman and George Abbott, Music by Jerry Bock and Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
  Fiction Advise and Consent Allen Drury
  History In the Days of McKinley Margaret Leech
  Poetry Heart's Needle W.D. Snodgrass
1959 Biography Woodrow Wilson Arthur Walworth
  Drama J. B. Archibald Macleish
  Fiction The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters Robert Lewis Taylor
  History The Republican Era: 1869-1901 Leonard D. White, with Jean Schneider
  Poetry Selected Poems 1928-1958 Stanley Kunitz
1958 Biography George Washington, Volumes I-VI, Douglas Southall Freeman
  Biography George Washington, Volumes VII John Alexander Carroll and Mary Wells Ashworth
  Drama Look Homeward, Angel Ketti Frings
  Fiction A Death in the Family James Agee
  History Banks and Politics in America Bray Hammond
  Poetry Promises: Poems 1954-1956 Robert Penn Warren
1957 Biography Profiles in Courage John F. Kennedy
  Drama Long Day's Journey Into Night Eugene O'Neill
  Fiction No Award  
  History Russia Leaves the War: Soviet-American Relations, 1917-1920 George F. Kennan
  Poetry Things of This World Richard Wilbur
1956 Biography Benjamin Henry Latrobe Talbot Faulkner Hamlin
  Drama Diary of Anne Frank Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich
  Fiction Andersonville MacKinlay Kantor
  History The Age of Reform Richard Hofstadter
  Poetry Poems--North & South Elizabeth Bishop
1955 Biography The Taft Story William S. White
  Drama Cat on A Hot Tin Roof Tennessee Williams
  Fiction A Fable William Faulkner
  History Great River: The Rio Grande in North American History Paul Horgan
  Poetry Collected Poems Wallace Stevens
1954 Biography The Spirit of St. Louis Charles A. Lindbergh
  Drama The Teahouse of the August Moon John Patrick
  Fiction No Award  
  History A Stillness at Appomattox Bruce Catton
  Poetry The Waking Theodore Roethke
1953 Biography Edmund Pendleton 1734-1803 David J. Mays
  Drama Picnic William Inge
  Fiction The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway
  History The Era of Good Feelings George Dangerfield
  Poetry Collected Poems 1917-1952 Archibald MacLeish
1952 Biography Charles Evans Hughes Merlo J. Pusey
  Drama The Shrike Joseph Kramm
  Fiction The Caine Mutiny Herman Wouk
  History The Uprooted Oscar Handlin
  Poetry Collected Poems Marianne Moore
1951 Biography John C. Calhoun: American Portrait Margaret Louise Coit
  Drama No Award  
  Fiction The Town Conrad Richter
  History The Old Northwest, Pioneer Period 1815-1840 R. Carlyle Buley
  Poetry The Complete Poems of Carl Sandburg Carl Sandburg
1950 Biography John Quincy Adams and the Foundations of American Foreign Policy Samuel Flagg Bemis
  Drama South Pacific Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein, 2nd and Joshua Logan
  Fiction The Way West A.B. Guthrie, Jr.
  History Art and Life in America Oliver W. Larkin
  Poetry Annie Allen Gwendolyn Brooks