Sonia Sanchez wins $250,000 prize for lifetime achievement

Poet, educator and activist Sonia Sanchez is that this yr’s winner of the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, a $250,000 lifetime success honor in the past given to Chinua Achebe, Bob Dylan and Maya Lin amongst others

NEW YORK — Poet, educator and activist Sonia Sanchez is that this yr’s winner of the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, a $250,000 lifetime success honor in the past given to Chinua Achebe, Bob Dylan and Maya Lin amongst others.

Established in 1994 in the course of the property of Lillian Gish, the silent movie megastar and sister of fellow actor Dorothy Gish, the prize is awarded to “a extremely achieved artist from any self-discipline who has driven the bounds of an artwork shape, contributed to social trade, and prepared the ground for the following era.”

Sanchez, 87, first accomplished prominence with the Black Arts Motion of the 1960s and has been extensively cited as an cutting edge poet who steadily attracts upon side road slang, a well-liked speaker and a pioneering trainer of Black research. Her earlier prizes come with the Wallace Stevens Award and Robert Frost Medal, each given for lifetime success in poetry. Her gathered poems got here out this spring.

“What an honor it’s to obtain this award, maximum particularly since we as a rustic are making an attempt to reply to a very powerful query going through us: What does it imply to be human?” Sanchez mentioned in a remark Thursday.

“I promise, as different artists do, that I will be able to proceed to put in writing and communicate in regards to the significance of answering this query — the significance of celebrating the wonderful thing about the arena and its folks.”

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