Sanchez is a singular, strong voice who emerged
from the Black Arts Movement with new twists on
language, use of sound and dynamic public readings.
Multi-faceted and deeply involved in both poetry and
social justice, she has used her gifts as a writer,
teacher and activist to expand awareness of the
Black experience in America.
Her honors and accolades are numerous and include
the prestigious 2018 Wallace Prize ($100,000 award)
from the American Academy of Poets, American Book
Award (for Homegirls and Handgrenades), Langston
Hughes Poetry Award, Harper Lee Award and Peace and
Freedom Award from the Women's International League
for Peace and Freedom. She is the author of 18 books
BadddDDD Sonia Sanchez premiered at
Sundance Film Festival and contains vibrant readings
and jazz-accompanied performances, including
appearances by Ruby Dee, Amiri Baraka, Questlove,
Ursula Rucker and more.