Sonia Sanchez Won the Gish Prize!

Yes! Sonia Sanchez has been awarded the Gish Prize “in recognition of her ongoing achievements in inspiring change through the power of the word.” The cash award of the prize amounts to $250,000. Philadelphia Inquirer has more details on this amazing news!

Collected Poems

A representative collection of the life work of the much-honored poet and a founder of the Black Arts movement, spanning the 4 decades of her literary career.

Gathering highlights from all of Sonia Sanchez’s poetry, this compilation is sure to inspire love and community engagement among her legions of fans. Beginning with her earliest work, including poems from her first volume, Homecoming (1969), through to 2019, the poet has collected her favorite work in all forms of verse, from Haiku to excerpts from book-length narratives. Her lifelong dedication to the causes of Black liberation, social equality, and women’s rights is evident throughout, as is her special attention to youth in poems addressed to children and young adults.

As Maya Angelou so aptly put it: “Sonia Sanchez is a lion in literature’s forest. When she writes she roars, and when she sleeps other creatures walk gingerly.”

Available from:

Bookshop.org, Indiebound, Barnes & Noble, Beacon Press, Amazon

Special Pre-Order Gift Offer for “Collected Poems”

If you pre-order Collected Poems from your favorite retailer by April 13, you’re eligible for a special free gift. Upload confirmation of your pre-order and you’ll receive a broadside of her poem “Haiku for Harriet Tubman.” The first 50 will be signed by Sonia Sanchez! Click here for details on how to enter!

New Book from Sonia Sanchez Coming in April 2021!

The wait is almost over!

This April, Beacon Press is publishing Collected Poems, a representative collection of the life work of the much-honored poet and a founder of the Black Arts Movement, spanning the four decades of her literary career.

Gathering highlights from all of Sonia Sanchez’s poetry, this compilation is sure to inspire love and community engagement among her legions of fans. Beginning with her earliest work, including poems from her first volume, Homecoming (1969), through to 2019, the poet has collected her favorite work in all forms of verse, from Haiku to excerpts from book-length narratives. Her lifelong dedication to the causes of Black liberation, social equality, and women’s rights is evident throughout, as is her special attention to youth in poems addressed to children and young adults.

Just in time for National Poetry Month!

And without further ado, we unveil the cover art!

Cover art for Sonia Sanchez's new book

Sonia Sanchez talks about how the book “Little Women” inspired her

“I identified with Jo, the main character in Little Women, because not only was she independent but she also wanted to be a writer.”

Read more in the New York Times.

Sonia Sanchez speaks at Kent State University for its year-long observance of the 50th Commemoration of May 4, 1970

Sonia Sanchez receiving Anisfield-Wolf Lifetime Achievement award

For more information, visit the Cleveland Book Week website and the official Lifetime Achievement Award announcement

Sonia Sanchez pays tribute to Toni Morrison

Sonia Sanchez Receives the Wallace Stevens Award!

Sonia Sanchez received the Wallace Steven Award this year! Established in 1994, the Wallace Steven Award is given each year to recognize outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry. Poets receive a $100,000 stipend and are chosen by the Academy of American Poets Board of Chancellors. She joins past winners John Ashbery, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Adrienne Rich in this incredible honor. Read more here.

“BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez” Documentary is Nominated for an Emmy!

POV (Point of View), American television’s longest-running independent documentary series on PBS, has received 12 nominations for the 2017 News & Documentary Emmy® Awards, announced today by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. POV’s sister-series America ReFramed, which airs on WORLD Channel, also received two nominations for its films The Hand That Feeds and BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez. Read more here.