Books & CDs

Poetry

Morning Haiku (Beacon Press 2010)

This new volume by the much-loved poet Sonia Sanchez, her first in over a decade, is music to the ears: a collection of haiku that celebrates the gifts of life and mourns the deaths of revered African American figures in the worlds of music, literature, art, and activism. In her verses, we hear the sounds of Max Roach “exploding in the universe,” the “blue hallelujahs” of the Philadelphia Murals, and the voice of Odetta “thundering out of the earth.”

Homegirls and Handgrenades (White Pine Press 2007)

This new edition of Homegirls and Handgrenades draws together all Sanchez’s poems of the 1980’s including the original collections of Homegirls and Handgrenades.

Shake Loose My Skin (Beacon Press 1999)

An extraordinary retrospective covering over thirty years of work, Shake Loose My Skin is a stunning testament to the literary, sensual, and political powers of the award-winning Sonia Sanchez.

Like the Singing Coming off the Drums: Love Poems (Beacon Press 1998)

In haiku, tanka, and sensual blues, Sanchez writes as no one else can of the many forms love takes: burning, dreamy, disappointed, and vulnerable.

Does Your House Have Lions? (Beacon Press 1997)

With unrelenting honesty and searing beauty, one of our most powerful voices offers us an African-American odyssey. Does Your House Have Lions? is an exquisite and at times wrenching work exploring the life of Sonia Sanchez’s brother—a vibrant young man who left the South for New York, immersed himself in the city’s gay subculture, and became a victim of AIDS in the first years of the pandemic.

Wounded in the House of a Friend (Beacon Press 1995)

Sonia Sanchez explores the pain, self-doubt, and anger that emerge in women’s lives: an unfaithful life partner, a brutal rape, the murder of a woman by her granddaughter, the ravages of drugs.

Autumn Blues: New Poems ( 1994)

Autmn Blues is no longer in print.

Continuous Fire: A Collection of Poetry (Inbook 1994)

Continuous Fire is no longer in print.

Under a Soprano Sky (Africa World Press 1987)

Under a Soprano Sky is no longer in print.

I’ve Been a Woman: New and Selected Poems (Third World Press 1978)

The author of several books of poetry, Sanchez’ I’ve Been A Woman is the dynamic transcendental female voice of one of the finest poets of our time. Includes “Black Magic: Blk Rhetoric” and “Blues.”

Love Poems (Third Press 1973)

Love Poems is no longer in print.

A Blues Book for a Blue Black Magic Woman (Broadside Press 1973)

A Blues Book for a Blue Black Magic Woman is no longer in print.

We a BaddDDD People (Broadside Press 1970)

We a BaddDDD People is no longer in print.

Home Coming (Broadside Press 1969)

Home Coming is no longer in print.

Audio

Everything Man (Single) (Warner Brothers Records 2007)

Everything Man by Talib Kweli from the album Eardrum, featuring Sonia Sanchez and Res.

Humbled (single) (K7 Records 2006)

“Humbled” by Ursula Rucker, from the album Ma’at Mama, featuring Sonia Sanchez.

In My Own Way (Single) (Discograph 2005)

“In My Own Way” by Monnette Sudler, from the album Meeting of the Spirits, featuring Sonia Sanchez.

I Been Keepin’ Company with the Layaway Man (Single) (Discograph 2005)

“I Been Keepin’ Company with the Layaway Man” by Monnette Sudler from the album Meeting of the Spirits, featuring Sonia Sanchez.

Full Moon of Sonia (VIA International Artists, Inc. 2004)

“Full Moon of Sonia” celebrates the groundbreaking work of Sonia Sanchez in an eclectic mix of spoken word, jazz, R&B, hip-hop, and blues.

Hope is an Open Window (Single) (Motown Record Company 1999)

“Hope is an Open Window” by Diana Ross, from the album Every Day is a New Day, featuring Sonia Sanchez.

A Sun Lady for All Seasons Reads Her Poetry (Folkways Records 1971)

The first spoken word album from Sonia Sanchez.

Prose

I’m Black When I’m Singing, I’m Blue When I Ain’t and Other Plays (Duke University Press August 2010)

This collection brings together for the first time the plays of Sonia Sanchez, a prolific, award-winning poet and one of the most prominent writers in the Black Arts movement. In addition to Sanchez’s five previously published plays The Bronx Is Next (1970), Dirty Hearts (1971), Sister Son/ji (1972), Malcolm/Man Don’t Live Here No Mo (1979) Uh, Uh; But How Do It Free Us? (1975), and , the collection also includes her two unpublished plays, I’m Black When I’m Singing, I’m Blue When I Ain’t (1982) and 2 x 2 (2009).

Conversations with Sonia Sanchez (University Press of Mississippi 2007)

While it is common to associate Sanchez with the Black Arts Movement of the 1970s, these interviews reveal that Sanchez is a poet whose craft and subjects have evolved over three decades. The interviews from 1979 to 2005 include a previously unpublished interview conducted by the editor specifically for this book.

Children's Books

Sound Investment: Short Stories for Young Readers (Third World Press 1980)

Sound Investment: Short Stories for Young Readers is no longer in print.

The Adventures of Fat Head, Small Head, and Square Head (The Third Press 1973)

The Adventures of Fat Head, Small Head, and Square Head is no longer in print.

It’s a New Day: Poems for Young Brothas and Sistuhs (Broadside Press 1971)

It’s a New Day: Poems for Young Brothas and Sistuhs is no longer in print.