Sonia Sanchez, a renowned presenter on issues of black culture and literature, women’s liberation, peace and racial justice, will speak at 7 p.m. April 7 in the Benes Rooms of Ohio Wesleyan University’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.
Her presentation is free to the public.
Sanchez will sign books, which will be available for purchase at the event, after her presentation. She has written more than 16 books, including “Like the Singing Coming off the Drums: Love Poems,” “Shake Loose My Skin,” “Homegirls and Handgrenades,” and, most recently, “Morning Haiku.” Her poetry also appeared in the movie “Love Jones.”
Before Sanchez’s visit, OWU also will present two screenings of the 2015 documentary “BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez,” which producers say offers “unprecedented access to the life, work and mesmerizing performances of [the] renowned poet and activist.” The free screenings will be at noon and 6 p.m. April 5 in Crider Lounge on the second floor of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center.
In addition to her poetry, Sanchez also is a contributing editor to both Black Scholar and The Journal of African Studies, and she has edited an anthology, “We Be Word Sorcerers: 25 Stories by Black Americans.”
Sanchez’s honors include earning a National Endowment for the Arts award, a Community Service Award from the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, an American Book Award, a Peace and Freedom Award from the Women International League for Peace and Freedom, a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, a Langston Hughes Poetry Award, a Robert Frost Medal from the Poetry Society of America, a Harper Lee Award and a National Visionary Leadership Award.
She has lectured at more than 500 universities and colleges in the United States and has traveled extensively, reading her poetry in Africa, Cuba, England, the Caribbean, Australia, Europe, Nicaragua, the People’s Republic of China, Norway and Canada.
Sanchez’s Ohio Wesleyan visit is sponsored by both the Sisters United and Wesleyan Council on Student Affairs student organizations and by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. The documentary screenings are sponsored by the President’s Commission On Cultural and Racial Diversity and by Sisters United.