CFP: Sonia Sanchez (no deadline noted; collection)

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> Hi. How are you? I am writing to you because I'd like you to contribute to=
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> an Anthology on Sonia Sanchez entitled, Sonia On My Mind: A Collection of=20
> Scholarly Essays and Literary Criticism.=20
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> Joyce Ann Joyce, author of Ijala: Sonia Sanchez and the African Poetic=20
> Tradition, is writing the introduction. Houston A. Baker, Dr. Lorenzo=20
> Thomas, Dr. Nathan Hare, and several others have already expressed their=20
> interest in participating.=20
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> I'd like you to participate too. :)
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> The details about the anthology are below. And also on the following=20
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> http://www.jdpublishing.com/sanchezanthology.htm
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> I am a student of Sonia's, a published author, and freelance writer for Th=
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> Black World Today. I am working with Ethelbert Miller and have already bee=
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> in touch with Nellie McKay, Kalamu ya Salaam, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.,=20
> and several others.=20
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> Thank you so much for your time.=20
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> Peace and Light,
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> Jamie Walker, Author
> 101 Ways Black Women Can Learn to Love Themselves =20
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> Call for Papers for Sonia Sanchez Anthology:
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> "Sonia Sanchez is one of the important figures in Afro-American=20
> literature."-Amiri Baraka
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> "Sanchez plants her literary roots in an African tradition, a tradition=20
> which requires her to communicate effectively with, challenge, educate, an=
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> enliven her people. In fulfilling her task, she has not only been inspired=
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> to move beyond her text, she has been consistent in addressing the=20
> contemporary themes or issues that have affected Black people for the past=
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> three decades."-Joyce Ann Joyce, Ijala: Sonia Sanchez and the African=20
> Poetic Tradition
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> Born in Birmingham, Alabama September 9, 1934, Sonia Sanchez is one of=20
> today's most prolific Black poets. Author of over fifteen books of poetry,=
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> including Homecoming (Broadside Press 1969); We a BaddDDD People (Broadsid=
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> Press 1970); Blues Book for Blue Black Magical Women (Broadside 1974);=20
> Under a Soprano Sky (Africa World Press 1987); Wounded in the House of a=20
> Friend (Beacon Press 1995); Does Your House Have Lions? (Beacon 1997); an=
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> Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems (Beacon Press 1999), Sanchez=20
> has lectured at over 500 different colleges and universities.=20
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> In 1985 she received the American Book Award for her poetry collection,=20
> Homegirls and Handgrenades (Thunder's Mouth Press 1984). Most recently, th=
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> Quarterly Black Review presented her with the prestigious Phyllis Wheatley=
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> Award (along with John A. Williams and Albert Murray) at the Schomburg=20
> Center in New York City during the annual Harlem Book Fair. She has also=20
> received the distinguished Robert A. Frost Award, the Patricia Lucretia=20
> Mott Award, the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, and several=20
> other awards for her poetry, which honor her contributions to African=20
> American literature and the world over.=20
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> A graduate of Hunter college, Sanchez emerged on the literary scene during=
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> the 1960s. She played a leading role during the Black Arts Movement and wa=
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> also a key participant in the Black Studies Movement at San Francisco Stat=
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> In Shakespeare's Sisters Feminist Essays on Women Poets, author Gloria Hul=
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> is quoted as saying, "Sanchez is undoubtedly one of the most=20
> under-appreciated poets writing today. Her pristine lyricism combined with=
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> her strong voice and black female themes make her special."=20
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> This is a call for papers on the prolific poet for a book entitled, Sonia=20
> On My Mind: A Collection of Scholarly Essays and Literary Criticism. The=20
> anthology will offer comparative studies on Sanchez's work. It will also=20
> examine Sanchez's expansive, diverse, literary canon, her participation in=
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> the Black Arts Movement and the Black Studies Movement at San Francisco=20
> State University (with Jimmy Garrett and Nathan Hare), her place in the=20
> African oral tradition, as well as her influence among some of the younger=
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> spoken word, hip hop artists, and writers of today.
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> Some topics to consider writing about are:
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> =B7 Her participation or leading role as a Black female poet in the Black=20
> Arts
> Movement=20
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> =B7 Her brief period or stint with the Nation of Islam=20
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> =B7 Her participation in the Black Studies Movement at San Francisco State=
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> University
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> =B7 Her role as playwright or an examination of some of her published play=
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> =B7 Her role as teacher (e.g. workshop styles or teaching techniques as us=
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> in the
> classroom from her workshops in the prison industry, Countee Cullen,=
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> the
> Hurston-Wright Foundation, Cave Canem, etc)
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> =B7 Focus on her performance style(s) and technical skills
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> =B7 Predominant themes or issues found in her poetry (e.g. journeying, bla=
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> male-
> female relationships, resistance and recreation, liberation, incest,=
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> reverence for
> and appeals to the Ancestors, drug addiction, the need to root out=20
> such evils as
> racism, sexism, homophobia, classicism, elitism, and all other=20
> ism's, lifting as=20
> she climbs, etc)
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> =B7 An examination of her poetry as autobiography
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> =B7 The influence of African or Swahili "praise poetry" on her own poetry=20
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> =B7 Her place within the African oral tradition
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> =B7 Literary influences on her writing and development (e.g. Langston Hugh=
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> Nicholas Guillien, Pablo Neruda, Alexander Pushkin, George Lamming,=20
> Lorca,=20
> Gwendolyn Brooks, etc)
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> =B7 The influence of the Black Arts Movement, the Civil Rights Movement,=20
> MOVE,
> SNCC, Elijah Muhammad or the Nation of Islam on her poetry and=20
> development
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> =B7 Her evolution as a poet, personal growth, and transformed consciousnes=
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> revealed through her collections of poetry
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> =B7 The blues and/or jazz influence on her poetry
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> =B7 Comparative studies of her work=20
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> =B7 Her use of Black speech/vernacular to reach, touch, heal, inspire, and=
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> incite
> change or revolution within the folk/masses
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> =B7 The relationship or influence of Etheridge Knight, Jean Hutson (curato=
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> of the
> Schomburg Center), Malcolm X, Shirley Graham DuBois, Gwendolyn=20
> Brooks, Amiri
> Baraka, Margaret Walker, David Walker, or any other's on her own=20
> writings,
> poetry, growth, or development
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> =B7 Her volunteer work at community readings
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> =B7 Her work in the public school system, YMCA's, churches, political=20
> rallies,
> mentoring, and elsewhere
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> =B7 Her influence on some of the younger poets, hip hop, spoken word, and=20
> writers
> of today
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> Some of Sonia's Published Plays Include:
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> =B7 The Bronx Is Next (1970)=20
> =B7 Dirty Hearts (1972)=20
> =B7 Malcolm/Man Don't Live Here No More (1972)=20
> =B7 Sister Son/ji (1972)=20
> =B7 Uh Huh, but How Do It Free Us? (1973)
> =B7 I'm Black When I'm Singing, I'm Blue When I Ain't (1982)
> =B7 Black Cats Back and Uneasy Landings (1995)
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> Some of Sonia's Published Books Published Books include:=20
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> =B7 Homecoming (1969)
> =B7 We a BaddDD People (1970)
> =B7 It's a New Day: Poems for Young Brothas and Sistuhs (1971)
> =B7 Three Hundred and Sixty Degrees of Blackness Comin at You (1971)
> =B7 Love Poems (1973)
> =B7 We Be Word Sorcerers: 25 Stories by Black Americans (1973)
> =B7 The Adventures of Fathead, Smallhead, and Squarehead (1973)
> =B7 The Afternoon of Smallhead, Fathead, and Squarehead (1974)
> =B7 Blues Book for a Blue Black Magical Women (1974)
> =B7 I've Been a Woman: New and Selected Poems (1978)
> =B7 Homegirls & Handgrenades (1984)
> =B7 Generations (1986)
> =B7 Under a Soprano Sky (1987)
> =B7 Wounded in the House of a Friend (1995)
> =B7 Like the Singing Coming Off the Drums (1998)
> =B7 Does Your House Have Lions? (1997)
> =B7 Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems (1999)
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> Needed are comparative studies of Sanchez's work, scholarly essays,=20
> articles, reviews, interviews, quotes of Sanchez, artwork, and literary=20
> criticism.
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> For more information, please visit:
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> http://www.jdpublishing.com/soniasanchez.htm
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> Email submissions and previously published articles are accepted. Please=20
> mail hard copy of submission (also on 3 =BD floppy) along with full contac=
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> information and short bio to be included in anthology to:=20
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> Jamie Walker
> c/o Sonia On My Mind Anthology Collection
> J.D. Publishing Group
> PO Box 73295
> Washington, DC 20056
> Email: orders_at_jdpublishing.com or jamiedwalker_at_yahoo.com

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