NEW YORK (AP) — Sonia Sanchez has received the Jackson Poetry Prize, an $80,000 prize that continues a recent wave of lifetime achievement accolades for the 87-year-old poet, educator and activist.
Its award was announced on Tuesday by Poets & Writers (https://www.pw.org), the publisher of Poets & Writers magazine.
“During her 7-decade career, Sonia Sanchez has distinguished herself as a major figure in American letters,” the judges’ quote reads in part. “His vast and imposing body of published poetry invokes the power and revolutionary properties of language itself – the struggles and joys of entire communities while reinvigorating traditional forms.
Since 2018, Sanchez has also received the Wallace Stevens Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Lifetime Achievement Award, the Dorothy & Lillian Gish Prize and the Edward MacDowell Medal.
Sanchez was a founding member of the black arts movement in the late 1960s and is widely considered a pioneering teacher of black studies. Her poetry collections include “Homecoming”, “Love Poems” and “Shake Loose My Skin”.
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