National Park Service welcomes Dr. Sonia Sanchez as NPS Centennial Poet Laureate

As part of its centennial commemoration, the National Park Service announces its designation of award-winning author, poet, and lecturer Dr. Sonia Sanchez as the poet laureate of the NPS Centennial.Sanchez will bring her powerful blend of art and activism to share the message that, in addition to breathtaking landscapes, the national park system includes places of cultural heritage and the struggle for social justice and civil rights—places of inspiration, dialogue, and healing.

Homegirls and Handgrenades

forgive me if i laugh
you are so sure of love
you are so young
and i too old to learn of love.


Welcome, my dear sisters and brothers, to my official website. Here you will find information about my books, about my travels, and about all of my work. From time to time, I will offer a new poem; sometimes a bit of audio or video. Please come visit often.

Walk with me in peace and beauty,

Let me wear the day
Well so when it reaches you
You will enjoy it.

About Sonia Sanchez

Sonia Sanchez—poet, activist, scholar—was the Laura Carnell Professor of English and Women’s Studies at Temple University. She is the recipient of both the Robert Frost Medal for distinguished lifetime service to American poetry and the Langston Hughes Poetry Award. One of the most important writers of the Black Arts Movement, Sanchez is the author of sixteen books.