Sonia SanchezPoetry, Fiction, Drama
Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20120323
One of the most important writers of the Black Arts Movement and author of more than 20 books of poetry, prose, and drama, Sonia Sanchez is Philadelphia’s first poet laureate. In this interview, she discusses her 2011 books, I’m Black When I’m Singing, I’m Blue When I Ain’t and Other Plays, which she collected and edited with Dr. Jacqueline Wood, and a collection of poetry called Morning Haiku. She also talks about how she discovered poetry, her use of Brechtian theatre techniques, and the ways activism has informed her art over five decades.
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