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Poet Sonia Sanchez Set To Receive The Edward MacDowell Medal

03/09/2022 12:00 AM EST by WBLS Staff
Congratulations are in order to the iconic Sonia Sanchez, who will receive the Edward MacDowell Medal award. This award was created in 1960 and has many recipients including Toni Morrison, and Robert Frost. Sanchez made a statement after learning of the good news. “I had tears in my eyes as I learned about this award. When I consider my dear friend, Sister Toni (Morrison), and so many others who have been given this award, I feel so welcomed to be part of that group,” she said. She continued, “It is a great honor to be this year’s awardee. MacDowell has such great herstory and history of caring and concern for artists; it is a joy this place exists to keep the world on a path toward re-civilization, peace, and humanity.”Sonia Sanchez is known for her activism and her poetry collection “Shake Loose My Skin” and “Homegirls and Handgrenades.”