Poet Sonia Sanchez received a Pew Fellowship in 1993, one of countless accolades she has earned in her storied career. On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Pew Fellowships program in 2017, Sanchez spoke with poet and Pew Fellow Major Jackson, who studied under her at Temple University and is himself a nationally recognized figure in poetry.
In this newly released full-length interview, Sanchez reflects on artistic life and shares stories about the formative experiences that influenced her creative practice, her studies with poet Louise Bogan, and her legacy as a writer, teacher, and activist.
Questions of Practice: Poet Sonia Sanchez Discusses Her Creative Life and Legacy with Major Jackson [Full Interview]
Pew Fellows Sonia Sanchez and Major Jackson. Filmed at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage on April 25, 2017.
Sonia Sanchez is a poet, playwright, professor, activist, and one of the foremost leaders of the Black Studies movement. She has authored more than 20 books and received a number of honors and awards, including the Robert Creeley Award, the Frost Medal, the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, and a National Endowment for the Arts award.
Major Jackson is a poet, professor, and author. He has published five books of his own poetry, most recently The Absurd Man, and edited three other volumes. In addition to his Pew Fellowship, he has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and several other organizations.