18 May Sonia Sanchez – Prose and Prophecy
Fiery. Imposing. Unapologetic. Sonia Sanchez invokes prose that takes no prisoners but commands prophecy on today and tomorrow. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Sanchez was a leading figure in the Black Arts Movement of the 1960’s. Prolific in creating poetry collections, short stories, essays, plays, and children’s books, she deploys experimental forms to convey identity through a Black nationalist lens. The former grade school teacher and professor (Temple University) prides herself as the first person to design Black women’s literature curriculum. Sanchez is 1993 recipient of the Pew Fellowship in the Arts and 2001 recipient of the Robert Frost Medal for her contributions to the American poetry canon.