Writers Uncensored: Lucille Clifton and Sonia Sanchez

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“To love yourself so much you don’t wanna exploit anybody. Can you imagine not wanting to exploit anyone?” says Sonia Sanchez in her lecture to students in this 1991 episode of Writers Uncensored presented by the Lannan Foundation. This vintage episode features Sanchez and Lucille Clifton reading from their work and talking about their respective paths as poets.

Poetry in America

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“It’s what poetry can do—it can take us to other places, in a moment.” Cynthia Nixon and other cultural figures including Yo-Yo Ma, Joe Biden, Sonia Sanchez, Shaquille O’Neal, Edward Hirsch, and Bono are featured in this trailer for the public television series Poetry in America. Hosted by Harvard professor Elisa New, each episode explores and interprets a single American poem.

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BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez

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"I wanted to tell people how I became this woman with razor blades between her teeth." BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez chronicles the life and work of poet and political activist Sonia Sanchez, including her emergence as a seminal figure in the Black Arts Movement, her tireless political activism, and a poetry career so great Maya Angelou called her "a lion in literature's forest." The documentary is directed by Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater, and Sabrina Schmidt Gordon.

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