Readings in Contemporary Poetry

Friday, April 23rd, 1999
548 West 22nd Street, NYC, 7:00pm

Sonia Sanchez

Sonia Sanchez is a poet, mother, activist, and professor. She has received several awards for both her poetry and her activism in social causes, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Lucretia Mott Award, the Outstanding Arts Award from the Pennsylvania Coalition of 100 Black Women, an American Book Award (for Homegirls and Handgrenades), a Governorís Award for Excellence in the Humanities, a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, as well as the Peace and Freedom Award from Women International League for Peace and Freedom and a Community Service Award from the National Black Caucus of State Legislators. She is the author of sixteen books, as well as a contributing editor to Black Scholar and the editor of two anthologies. Her poetry books include Homecoming, We a BaddDDD People, Wounded in the House of a Friend (Beacon Press, 1995), Does Your House Have Lions (Beacon Press, 1997), and Like the Singing Coming off the Drums (Beacon Press, 1998). Her forthcoming book, Shake Loose My Skin will be published in the spring of 1999 by Beacon Press. She currently holds the Laura Carnell Chair in English at Temple University.