Sanchez, Sonia

Sanchez, Sonia

(1934–  ) poet, writer; born in Birmingham, Ala. She studied at Hunter College (B.A. 1955), and taught at several institutions, such as Temple University, Philadelphia, beginning in 1977. A black nationalist and political activist, she is known for persuasive and metaphorical poetry, as in homegirls & handgrenades (1984). She also wrote plays, short stories, and children's books, and edited African-American anthologies.