The NEXT New York Conversation: Sonia Sanchez on World AIDS DayTuesday, December 01, 2009 at 07:00 PM
Duration: 2 hours
Tickets: $15 The Greene Space, 44 Charlton at Varick, NYC Tickets can be purchased through http://www.wnyc.org/thegreenespace Twitter Map : 44 Charlton St: http://schmap.it/9rc5d0 Sonia Sanchez
Sonia Sanchez is a lion in literature’s forest. When she writes she
roars, and when she sleeps, other creatures walk gingerly.
–Maya Angelou Faced with the fierce urgency of now and the growing number of African
Americans who come face to face with the HIV/AIDS pandemic,
award-winning poet and activist Sonia Sanchez does what she does best:
challenge political and community thought with the power of the word.
Does Your House Have Lions (nominated for the 1998 National Book
Critics Circle Award for Poetry), written by Sanchez, is an epic poem
that explores the life of Sonia Sanchez’s brother who left the South
for New York, immersed himself in the city’s gay subculture, and
became a vicitim of AIDS in the first years of the pandemic. Sanchez
describes her brother’s alienation from his family and his illness and
death from AIDS with her characteristic tenderness. This brave epic
poem shatters silences surrounding gay sexuality in African-American
families. This work will be performed by Sanchez and accompanied by
luminaries from the jazz world, including Odean Pope on saxophone,
Kenny Gates on keyboard and Lee Smith on bass. Sanchez will be joined by Brooklyn-based dancer/choreographer Ronald
K. Brown, founder of Evidence. The work will be followed by a discussion moderated by Esther Armah.
Ms. Armah is an author, playwright, radio host and award-winning
international journalist. She has worked in print, radio and
television in the UK, U.S. and Africa. On radio in London she worked
with the BBC as an investigative reporter, a documentary maker and a
radio host. As a reporter and journalist she has traveled and worked
in London, Washington, Philadelphia, South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria,
Kenya and Lesotho. Ms. Armah and Ms. Sanchez will by joined by Dr.
Monica Sweeney, Assistant Commissioner for HIV/AIDS for the New York
City Health Department; and Phill Wilson of the Black AIDS Institute.