This year, poet, activist, and scholar Sonia Sanchez will receive an honorary doctoral degree and address the Class of 2022 at Commencement ceremonies for Arcadia University. Renowned for the messages of freedom and activism in her work, Sanchez once declared that "[r]esist is an ancient word. A holy word. A churchgoing word. A womanist word. A political word. A freedom worker's word." Resistance has therefore been a concept that has deeply informed her work and the work of those who follow in her footsteps.
In addition, to honor the legacy of Sonia Sanchez, we are currently compiling a chapbook to be titled Sonku for Sonia--a collection of sonku, a poetic form Sanchez developed to inspire her students to create their own forms. The sonku is typically a four-line poem written in 4-3-4-3 or 6-3-6-3, though as Sanchez’s work sometimes reveals, syllabic fluidity can result in some of the most thought-provoking moments in poetic forms. The call for submission is open to the larger community as well as all Arcadia faculty, staff, and students at the undergraduate and graduate level. Submissions are due by 6 p.m. on Friday, April 8. For Arcadia students, please send your submissions to Sarah L. Marsh—Program Coordinator for the Office of Access, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion—at email@example.com. For all other contributors, send submissions directly to Dr. Christopher Allen Varlack–Associate Director of CASAA–at firstname.lastname@example.org. Select pieces will be shared live during the April 29 event in addition to distribution of the chapbook in digital and print form.
Please join us as we work to reflect on those important themes and to honor the legacy of Sonia Sanchez as guiding footsteps in the sand.