April brings to us both rain showers, and National Poetry Month in the United States. Started in 1996 by The Academy of American Poets, the goal of National Poetry Month is to highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets, bring poets and poetry to the public in immediate and innovative ways, encourage increased publication, distribution, and sales of poetry books, and more.
Help us celebrate National Poetry Month with this week’s featured speaker, Sonia Sanchez!
Sanchez is a writer, poet, playwright, lecturer, professor, and activist. Winner of the Langston Hughes Poetry Award, and the Robert Frost Medal, she is the author of 16 books including Love Poems, I’ve Been a Woman, Shake Loose My Skin, and Morning Haiku. Additionally, Sanchez is contributing editor to Black Scholar and the Journal of African Studies.
She has lectured and read her works for over 500 universities, colleges, and organizations.