African-American poet and professor who published a famous 1985 work entitled Homegirls and Handgrenades. The work received the prestigious American Book Award.
She was raised by her grandmother after her mother's death. Later, she lived with her father in Harlem.
She was deeply involved in both the Black Arts Movement and the Civil Rights Movement.
She was married and divorced twice -- to Albert Sanchez and
She completed postgraduate literary work at New York University, where she studied with poet Louise Bogan.