Sonia Sanchez is an African American poet most often associated
with the Black Arts Movement. Born Wilsonia Benita Driver in
Birmingham, Alabama on September 9, 1934, she has authored over a
dozen books of poetry, as well as plays and children's books.
Sanchez has taught as a professor at eight universities and has
lectured at over 500 college campuses across the US, including
Howard University. She advocated the introduction of Black Studies
courses in California. Sanchez was the first to create and teach a
course based on Black Women and literature in the United States.
Sanchez was the first Presidential Fellow at Temple University
where she began working in 1977, where she held the Laura Carnell
chair until her retirement in 1999. She is currently a
poet-in-residence at Temple University. She has read her poetry in
Africa, the Caribbean, China, Australia, Europe, Nicaragua, Canada,
and Cuba. Sanchez has also appeared on Bill Cosby's CBS show in the
The author is a member of the Plowshares, the Brandywine Peace
Community and MADRE. She also supports MOMS in Alabama and the
National Black United Front.