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Celebrated Poet Sonia Sanchez at Moravian - March 21

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) - Moravian College will celebrate Women's History Month with the first annual Poetry Jazz Café featuring Award-winning poet, playwright, and children's book author Sonia Sanchez and jazz flutist Keith Marks and Company. The Poetry Jazz Café will be held on Thursday, March 21st at 8:00 p.m. in the Pavilion, Haupert Union Building. Admission is free and open to the public.

Sanchez began teaching at Temple University in 1977 and was Laura Carnell Professor of English and Women's Studies there until she retired in 1999. Her honors include awards from the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, the Pennsylvania Coalition of 100 Black Women, and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. She was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle award in 1998 and won an American Book Award for Homegirls and Handgrenades in 1984. Sanchez will read from a variety of her works including, Shake Loose My Skin, a 30-year retrospective of her poetry, and will sign books after the reading. Sharing the cabaret evening with her will be Keith Marks & Company.

Marks has forged a unique and commanding rhythmic voice with the flute. His material reflects a broad background ranging from soul favorites, through Caribbean styles and jazz, to a funky dance version of the South African national anthem. He has played and recorded with jazz greats, and started his own quartet in 1974. After a series of successful club appearances, he began to seek venues where his music could educate, heal and communicate to a broader audience. His recent album entitled In It is accompanied by some of New York's finest studio musicians, including the rhythm section from the Apollo Theater.