Sonia Sanchez is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry, including
Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems (Beacon Press, 1999); Like
the Singing Coming Off the Drums: Love Poems (1998); Does Your
House Have Lions? (1995), which was nominated for both the NAACP
Image and National Book Critics Circle Award; Wounded in the House
of a Friend (1995); Under a Soprano Sky (1987); Homegirls & Handgrenades (1984),
which won an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation; I've
Been a Woman: New and Selected Poems (1978); A Blues Book for
Blue Black Magical Women (1973); Love Poems (1973); Liberation
Poem (1970); We a BaddDDD People (1970); and Homecoming (1969).
Among the many honors she has received are the Community Service Award from the
National Black Caucus of State Legislators, the Lucretia Mott Award, the Outstanding
Arts Award from the Pennsylvania Coalition of 100 Black Women, the Peace and
Freedom Award from Women International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF),
the Pennsylvania Governor's Award for Excellence in the Humanities, a National
Endowment for the Arts Award, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts.
Sonia Sanchez has lectured at more than five hundred universities and colleges
in the United States and had traveled extensively, reading her poetry in Africa,
Cuba, England, the Caribbean, Australia, Nicaragua, the People's Republic of
China, Norway, and Canada. She was the first Presidential Fellow at Temple University,
where she began teaching in 1977, and held the Laura Carnell Chair in English
there until her retirement in 1999. She lives in Philadelphia.