Sonia Sanchez Poems

 

Sonia Sanchez is an African-American writer of poetry, children’s books, plays and critical essays.  She also spent many years as a school teacher and university professor of English.  During her 30s and 40s, she was heavily involved in the significant cultural revolution called the Black Arts Movement that swept the country, showcasing and encouraging black artists and writers.  Now an octogenarian, she has ...

Elizabeth Margaret Chandler Poems

 

The American poet Elizabeth Margaret Chandler lived a very short life during the early part of the 19th century but made a name for herself championing the cause of the abolitionists of slavery through her poetry.  No other female writer had done so before her. She was born on the 24th December 1807 in the town of Centre, Delaware to Quaker parents.  The whole ...

Frances Dana Barker Gage Poems

 

Frances Dana Barker Gage was a 19th century American writer of poetry and hymns, often known as Fannie D. Gage for this work, and also as Aunty Fanny when writing her children’s poetry and stories.  Besides her literary output she was, perhaps, even better known as a staunch campaigner on behalf of women’s rights in particular and the rights of all citizens ...

Charlotte Forten Grimké Poems

 

Charlotte Forten Grimké was an  anti-slavery activist, African-American poet and school teacher who devoted much time during the Civil War to former black slaves in SC, USA, making sure that they had at least a rudimentary education.  She felt it necessary to record the details of her life in diary form and these were eventually published many times over.  These journals are acknowledged as being ...

Mitsuye Yamada Poems

 

Mitsuye Yamada is a Japanese/American writer now in her nineties who spent many years as a English professor in California.  She has been a keen activist during her lifetime, having had the misfortune to be incarcerated during the Second World War when all those thought a threat to the US government were rounded up and put into camps.  She wrote extensively about this experience. She ...