MARQUETTE - Award-winning poet and activist Sonia Sanchez will be a guest speaker at Northern Michigan University on Thursday, March 14. Her presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center, with a book signing to follow. The event is free to NMU students with identification and $3 for the general public.Sanchez holds the Laura Camell Chair in English at Temple University. She is the author of 13 books, including Homegirls and Handgrenades, Shake Loose My Skin, Under a Soprano Sky and I've Been a Woman. Her honors include a National Endowment of the Arts Award, the Lucretia Mott Award, the American Book Award for Homegirls and Handgrenades, and the Poetry Society of America's Robert Frost Medal. According to a biographical sketch of Sanchez, "Her poetry bums consistently with a fierce but expertly controlled intensity. With her mastery of narrative poetry and African-American lyricism, professor Sanchez transforms the unspoken and sometimes violent betrayals of our lives into a liberating vision of connection in emotional redemption, compassion and self-fulfillment." Sanchez has worked with HBO's Def Poetry Jam and with hip-hop artists such as Mos Def and Tupac Shakur. Her NMU visit is sponsored by the following: the King*Chavez*Parks College Day Program, Diversity Student Alliance, Umoja (Black Student Union) and ASNMU.
POET SONIA SANCHEZ TO SPEAK AT NMU