Sonia Sanchez

Sonia Sanchez


Poet. Mother. Professor. National and international lecturer on Black culture and literature, women’s liberation, peace and racial justice. Sponsor of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. Board Member of MADRE. Sonia Sanchez is the author of over 20 books including Homecoming, We a BaddDDD People, Love Poems, I’ve Been a Woman, A Sound Investment and Other Stories, Homegirls and Handgrenades, Under a Soprano Sky, Wounded in the House of a Friend, Does Your House Have Lions?, Like the Singing Coming off the Drums, Shake Loose My Skin and, most recently, Morning Haiku (Beacon Press 2010). In addition to being a contributing editor to Black Scholar and The Journal of African Studies, she edited the anthology We Be Word Sorcerers: 25 Stories by Black Americans. BMA: The Sonia Sanchez Literary Review is the first African American journal that discusses the work of Sonia Sanchez and the Black Arts Movement. A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts, the Lucretia Mott Award, the Outstanding Arts Award from the Pennsylvania Coalition of 100 Black Women, and the Community Service Award from the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, she is also the winner of the 1985 American Book Award for Homegirls and Handgrenades, the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Humanities, the Peace and Freedom Award from the Women International League for Peace and Freedom, a PEW Fellowship in the Arts, and a Langston Hughes Poetry Award. Does Your House Have Lions? was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is the Poetry Society of America’s 2001 Robert Frost Medalist and a Ford Freedom Scholar from the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Her poetry also appeared in the movie Love Jones. Sanchez has lectured at over 500 universities and colleges in the United States and has traveled extensively, reading her poetry in Africa, Cuba, England, the Caribbean, Australia, Europe, Nicaragua, the People’s Republic of China, Norway, and Canada. She was the first Presidential Fellow at Temple University, where she also held the Laura Carnell Chair in English. She is the recipient of the Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer of the Year the National Visionary Leadership Award, the Leeway Foundation Transformation Award, and the Robert Creeley Award. Currently, Sanchez is one of 20 African American women featured in Freedom’s Sisters, an interactive exhibition created by the Cincinnati Museum Center and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition. In December 2011, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter selected Sanchez as Philadelphia’s first poet laureate, calling her “the longtime conscience of the city.” BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez, a documentary about Sanchez’s life as an artist and activist by Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater, Sabrina Schmidt Gordon, was nominated for an Emmy in 2017.

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Events with Sonia Sanchez

Words of the Worker Writer, featuring Sonia Sanchez

11 May 2019
4:00 pm
Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WNYC
44 Charlton St.
New York, NY 10014

Revolutionary Art, Love, and Family

12 May 2019
3:00 pm
509 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217