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Marilyn Nelson & Sonia Sanchez
Presented in Partnership with Center for African American Poetry and Poetics at the

University of Pittsburgh as part of the POETRY LEGACIES series.


Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Carnegie Library Lecture Hall
4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, 15213

Registration for this event is free.
 
 
 
"Her songs of destruction and loss scrape the heart; her praise songs thunder and revitalize. We need these songs for our journey together into the next century."
 
JOY HARJO on SONIA SANCHEZ
 
 
Marilyn Nelson is an accomplished poet and translator who has written numerous books
for children and young adults. Her book The Homeplace (1990), which won the Annisfield-Wolf
Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award, depicts her family’s history dating back to
the sale of Nelson’s great-great-grandmother into slavery: "The sheer range of [Nelson’s] voice is
one of the book’s greatest strengths, varying not only from poem to poem, 
but within individual poems as well," noted Christian Wiman
She is a three-time finalist for the National Book Award, winner of the
Robert Frost medal, and the recipient of fellowships from the National
Endowment for the Arts and Guggenheim Foundation, among 
other 
honors. In 2013, Nelson was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of
American Poets. In 2017, she was recognized with both the NCTE
Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children and the prestigious
NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature.
In 2019 she was awarded the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize 
from the Poetry Foundation.


Sonia Sanchez is a renowned scholar, poet, playwright and activist who has been an
influential force in African American literary and political culture for over three decades.
One of the foremost leaders of the Black Arts Movement, Sanchez is the author of sixteen books including HomecomingWe a BaddDDD PeopleI’ve Been a Woman:
New and Selected Poems, and Shake Loose My Skin
 
Her many honors and awards include the PEN Writing Award, the American
Book Award for Poetry, the National Academy of Arts and Letters Award,
the National Education Association Award, and fellowships from the National Endowment
for the Arts and the Pew Arts Foundation.


Read more about Marilyn Nelson and Sonia Sanchez from the Poetry Foundation.

Books will be available for sale at the event from 
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