Conversations with Sonia Sanchez available in Paperback
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- University Press of Mississippi
Conversations with Sonia Sanchez is a diverse collection of engagements with poet, teacher, and activist Sonia Sanchez. While it is common to associate Sanchez with the Black Arts Movement of the 1970s, these interviews reveal that Sanchez is a poet whose craft and subjects have evolved over three decades. The interviews from 1979 to 2005 include a previously unpublished interview conducted by the editor specifically for this book. Taken together, the pieces illuminate Sanchez’s conscious and consistent work at honing her craft, her skill at raising the highly political to the level of art, and her engagement with black studies and women’s studies.
In these interviews, we see how her travels, her career as a teacher, and her work as a mother, as a political activist, and as a cultural critic have changed her writing. Her experiences in women’s studies and her friendships with other artists—such as Toni Morrison, Chinua Achebe, Margaret Walker, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, and Amiri Baraka—have all influenced her poetry.
About the Author
Joyce A. Joyce is professor of English at Temple University. She is the author of Black Studies as Human Studies: Critical Essays and Interviews; Ijala: Sonia Sanchez and the African Poetic Tradition; Warriors, Conjurers, and Priests: Defining African-centered Literary Criticism, and other books.
Table of Contents
Attuned to the Energy: Sonia Sanchez Anita Cornwell 3
Sonia Sanchez: An Interview Herbert Leibowitz 6
Interview with Sonia Sanchez Zala Highsmith-Taylor 17
Form and Spirit: A Conversation with Sonia Sanchez Annie Finch 27
Interview with Sonia Sanchez Larvester Gaither 47
An Interview with Sonia Sanchez Danielle Alyce Rome 62
Sonia Sanchez: Telling What We Must Hear Juanita Johnson-Bailey 70
"As Poets, As Activists": An Interview with Sonia Sanchez David Reich 80
Traveling Conversation: India Dennis-Mahmood Interviews Sonia Sanchez India Dennis-Mahmood 94
Sonia Sanchez Speaks Cheo Tyehimba 111
Poetics and Politics: A Special Encounter with Sonia Sanchez Claude Julien Cecile Coquet Arlette Frund 117
"This Thing Called Playwrighting": An Interview with Sonia Sanchez on the Art of Her Drama Jacqueline Wood 127
Sonia Sanchez: The Joy of Writing Poetry Kadija Sesay 144
An Interview with Sonia Sanchez Sascha Feinstein 155
Interview with Sonia Sanchez: Poet, Playwright, Teacher, and Intellectual Activist Joyce A. Joyce 177