Xavier University presents poet, playwright, teacher and activist Sonia Sanchez on September 30 at 7:00 pm in the Conaton Board Room in Schmidt Hall on the Xavier campus. The event is free and open to the public. Sanchez will share excerpts from her work and thoughts on the relevance of the feminist, Black Arts and Black Studies movement, of which she is an exemplar. For more information, please call 513-745-3539.
Sanchez is a contributing editor to Black Scholar and the Journal of African Studies and author of more than 16 books. Homegirls and Hangrenades won the 1985 American Book Award and Does Your House have Lions? was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award. Her poetry earned her the Langston Hughes Poetry Award in 1999 and the 2001 Robert Frost Medal from the Poetry Society of America.
Among her other honors: named a Ford Freedman Scholar by the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History; The Lucretia Mott Award from the National Endowment for the Arts; Outstanding Arts Award from the Pennsylvania Coalition of 100 Black Women; Community Service Award from National Black Caucus of State Legislators; Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Humanities; Peace and Freedom Award from the Women International League for Peace and Freedom; and a Pew Fellowship for the Arts.