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Sonia Sanchez
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Sonia Sanchez

Internationally Known Poet, Professor & Activist
FEE RANGE: $10,000–$15,000 [FEE NOTE]
TRAVELS FROM: Pennsylvania
A prolific writer, Sonia Sanchez is serious and original. Her poems depict the struggles between black people and white people, between men and women, and between cultures. She is innovative in her use of language and structure, sometimes using Black speech in her poetry. Her brilliant sense of history and vision of her people helps her to create expressive poetry, with themes and underlying tones to which millions can relate to. Sanchez deals with the characterization of women in her work, making it clear to audiences the stereotypes that Black women endured in the 1960s and 1970s. Deemed "a lion in literature's forest" by poet Maya Angelou, Sanchez explores women's lives, the struggles and triumphs of people of color, and global and humanist themes through her writings. The author of 14 books, including the newly published Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems, she has received countless awards.