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Tuesday, September 9, 2014


1934 - SONIA SANCHEZ, poet/writer, in Birmingham, Alabama.

She has a B.A. in Political Science from Hunter College, and has completed postgraduate work at New York University.

She has written and published more than a dozen books of poetry, as well as, numerous plays and books for children.

Sanchez was a very influential figure in the Civil Rights Movement and the Black Arts Movement of the 60s, during which time she formed a writer's workshop in New York City's Greenwich Village, attended by, among other luminaries, the notable poet, Amiri Baraka.

She was a pioneer in developing Black Studies courses in California, and was the first to create and teach a course based on Black women literature in the United States.

Sanchez has taught as a professor at 8 universities and has lectured at over 500 college campuses. She has read poetry in Africa, the Caribbean, China, Australia, Europe, Nicaragua, Canada, and Cuba.

She is currently a poet-in-residence at Temple University.

To read her complete bio and a sample of her poetry google search her name

1950 -  James Dudley, poet/writer, in Bennettsville, South Carolina.

He has a B.A. in Liberal Arts from the College of New Rochelle, and a M.S. in Special Education from City College of New York.

In 1969 he attended the  State University of New York at Albany, being among the first Black students to integrate that school.  As a member of the Black Poets Workshop in 1970, he published his first poems in their inaugural magazine, "Blacksphemy."

Dudley works as a freelance writer and poetry blogger/teacher and is currently working on his first collection of poetry.

You can read his condensed bio, and a sample of his writing and poetry by scrolling on this blog, or click on

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