Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Sonia Sanchez at Medgar Evers this Thursday

For the Crown Heights literati, from Medgar Evers College:

Sonia Sanchez Reading and Book Signing at Medgar Evers College, Dec. 2

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On Thursday, Dec. 02, Medgar Evers College will host a book reading and signing for celebrated renowned
poet, activist, and scholar Sonia Sanchez’s new work I'm Black When I'm Singing, I'm Blue When I Ain't and Other Playsfrom 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. in Founders Auditorium at 1650 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225. This event is FREE and open to the public.


Like her poetry, Sanchez’s plays voice her critique of the racism and sexism that she encountered as a young female writer in the black militant community in the late 1960s and early 1970s, her ongoing concern with the well-being of the black community, and her commitment to social justice. The collection includes the never-before-published dramas I’m Black When I’m Singing, I’m Blue When I Ain’t (1982) and 2 X 2 (2009), as well as three essays in which Sanchez reflects on her art and activism. An introduction by Jacqueline Wood illuminates Sanchez’s stagecraft in relation to her poetry and advocacy for social change, and the feminist dramatic voice in black revolutionary art.


Sanchez was the Laura Carnell Professor of English and Women’s Studies at Temple University. She is the recipient of both the Robert Frost Medal for distinguished lifetime service to American poetry and the Langston Hughes Poetry Award. One of the most important writers of the Black Arts Movement, Sanchez is the author of sixteen books.


The event is sponsored by the Medgar Evers College English Club, the Department of English, and the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY.

For more information, contact the Center for Black Literature:writers@mec.cuny.edu/718.804.8883. Visit www.centerforblackliterature.org.

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