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.

Prepared By
Kristi Evans
News Director