Sonia Sanchez Recipient of the 62nd Edward MacDowell Medal

July 10, 2022

Please join us on Sunday, July 10 to celebrate the presentation of the 62nd Edward MacDowell Medal to internationally renowned poet Sonia Sanchez. This event is free and open to the public. Rain or Shine.

12:15 PM Ceremony

1:15 PM Picnic Lunch

2:15 PM Open Grounds (tentative)

MORE INFORMATION ON PICNIC BASKET SALES AND SPONSORSHIPS BELOW. THE DEADLINE FOR PURCHASE IS JUNE 27.

We are thrilled to announce the return of this outdoor public celebration for the first time since August 2019. Sonia Sanchez will be honored in a ceremony featuring presentation remarks by novelist and MacDowell Fellow Walter Mosley, followed by picnicking on the lawn and open grounds.

The author and international lecturer on Black culture and literature, women’s liberation, peace, and racial justice joins an august group of other MacDowell Medal winners such as Robert Frost (1962), Georgia O’Keeffe (1972), Leonard Bernstein (1987), Louise Bourgeois (1990), I.M. Pei (1998), Sonny Rollins (2010), Stephen Sondheim (2013), Toni Morrison (2016), Art Spiegelman (2018), Charles Gaines (2019), and Rosanne Cash (2021).

Sanchez is the author of more than 20 books of poetry, children’s literature, and plays, including We a BaddDDD People, Homegirls and Handgrenades (winner of the 1985 American Book Award), Under a Soprano Sky, Does Your House Have Lions?, Like the Singing Coming off the Drums, Shake Loose My Skin, and Morning Haiku.

For questions about sponsorships and picnic basket sales please email events@macdowell.org for more information.

courtesy of Beacon Press

courtesy of Beacon Press

Medal Day Host Committee

Nuar Alsadir*
Jen Benka
Michelle T. Boone
Jericho Brown
Mahogany L. Browne
Joy Harjo
Tajja Isen
Claudia Rankine*
Vijay Seshadri*
Erica Hunt
Jacqueline Woodson*
Caren Yanis
Kevin Young*
Cave Canem Foundation, Inc.

*denotes MacDowell Fellow

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