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  • Date: March 9, 2005
    Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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    Montgomery College to Present Poet, Activist Sonia Sanchez
    April 2 Event Open to Public, as Part of Regional Women’s Studies Conference

    On Saturday, April 2, at 5 p.m., Montgomery College will present poet, activist, scholar, and recent Def Poetry Jam performer Sonia Sanchez for a reading and discussion of her various works. To be held in the Theatre Arts Arena on the College’s Rockville campus, this free and open event is presented as part of the Mid-Atlantic Region Women’s Studies Association Conference, co-sponsored by Montgomery College and Prince George’s Community College. 

     

    A book signing and dinner reception will follow the reading.  The reception is free to all registered for the conference, $20.00 for general admission, and $10.00 for students and seniors.  Montgomery College Music Professor Dawn Avery, the Montgomery College World Ensemble student musical group, and the group, Okenti, will play at the reception.

     

    Affectionately known as the "Poet Laureate of the Planet," Sonia Sanchez is the author of 13 books, including “Homegirls and Handgrenades,” “Under a Soprano Sky,” “Wounded in the House of Love,” and “Shake Loose My Skin,” a collection of new and selected poems.  Her new CD, "Full Moon of Sonia," fuses music with her poetry.  The groundbreaking CD underscores Sanchez’s contribution to poetry and performance in the 20th century.

     

    Now retired from Temple University, Sanchez formerly held the position of Laura Carnell Professor of English.  Ms. Sanchez was also the director of the Women’s Studies Department at the university.  Maya Angleou has said of Ms. Sanchez and her work, " This world is a better place because of Sonia Sanchez: more livable, more laughable, more manageable.  I wish millions of people knew that some of the joy in their lives comes from the fact that Sonia Sanchez is writing poetry."  Isabel Allende has further observed, "Only a poet with an innocent heart can exorcise so much pain with so much beauty."

     

    Among the many honors Sonia Sanchez has received are the Community Service Award from the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, the Lucretia Mott Award, the Outstanding Arts Award from the Pennsylvania Coalition of 100 Black Women, the Peace and Freedom Award from Women International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), the Pennsylvania Governor's Award for Excellence in the Humanities, a National Endowment for the Arts Award, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts.

     

    For more information call the Montgomery College Women's Studies Program at 301-279-5355 or visit its website at www.montgomerycollege.edu/Departments/wstudies/.  Special accommodations for those with disabilities can be made with two weeks’ notice.

     

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