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

Events for Spring 2012

Take in an event featuring Sonia Sanchez this Spring! Upcoming events are listed and stay tuned for more opportunities to see Philadelphia’s first Poet Laureate.

Sonia Sanchez Selected as Philadelphia’s First Poet Laureate

On December 29, 2011, Philadelphia selected Sonia Sanchez as the city’s first Poet Laureate. A proud resident of Philadelphia since 1976, Mayor Michael Nutter called her the “conscience of the city.” As Philadelphia’s Poet Laureate, she is responsible for selecting and mentoring a Youth Poet Laureate, participating in spoken word and poetry events at City Hall and the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Sanchez is now collecting haikus about peace from fellow writers and the public for a mural in South Philadelphia, which will be unveiled in June 2012. Her most recent book of poetry, Morning Haiku, is available from Beacon Press. Read some selections from the book on SoniaSanchez.net. For a complete list of works by Sonia Sanchez, visit her website. Read more about her selection as Philadelphia’s Poet Laureate here, or visit Poetry Foundation.

Poetry Month Giveaway

Win a Sonia Sanchez Poster from Beacon Press

Morning Haiku cover $14.00 Paperback
$13.00 Ebook
$22.00 Hardcover

Available from: Independent Bookstore
Beacon Press
Amazon
Kindle
Barnes and Noble
Nook
Borders
Powell’s

In honor of Poetry Month, Beacon Press will give away five posters featuring a poem from Sonia Sanchez’s Morning Haiku, now available in paperback from Beacon Press. Enter once a day before noon EST Friday, April 29. The poster features the poem:

4 haiku
(for Nubia)

1.
Telephone wires sang
her voice over
soft sister laughter

2.
you held us
with summer stained
smiles of hope

3.
i hold your
breath today…you sail home
across the ocean

4.
i see you Nubia
walking your Mississippi walk
God in your hands.

How To Win a Sonia Sanchez Poster

The contest is now closed. Winners have been announced on twitter.com/beaconpressbks, twitter.com/PoetSanchez, facebook.com/BeaconPress and facebook.com/poetsoniasanchez

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