Sonia Sanchez was born Wilsonia Benita Driver on September 9, 1934. Her birthplace was in Birmingham, Alabama, but she also spent a portion of her early life in Harlem.
Sanchez has worked as a teacher, professor, activist, and as one of the most influential and famous poets in the world. Her best works include Homegirls and Handgrenades, Shake Loose My Skin, and Morning Haiku. Sanchez was the first Philadelphia Poet Laureate.