Award winning Poet, Activist and Transformational Leader Sonya Renee Taylor believes in the life shifting power of art and community. Sonya is the Founder and CEO of The Body is Not An Apology, an intersectional international movement of radical self love and body empowerment reaching over 100,000 people weekly. She is the creator of the RUHCUS Project (Radically Unapologetic Healing Challenge 4 US), a 30-day transformational healing action to address pain, shame, trauma, and fear in our lives. Sonya is also a national and international poetr
Award winning Poet, Activist and Transformational Leader Sonya Renee Taylor believes in the life shifting power of art and community. Sonya is the Founder and CEO of The Body is Not An Apology, an intersectional international movement of radical self love and body empowerment reaching over 100,000 people weekly. She is the creator of the RUHCUS Project (Radically Unapologetic Healing Challenge 4 US), a 30-day transformational healing action to address pain, shame, trauma, and fear in our lives. Sonya is also a national and international poetry slam champion, author, and educator who has mesmerized audiences across the US, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, England, Scotland, Sweden, Canada and the Netherlands as well as in prisons, mental health treatment facilities, homeless shelters, universities, festivals, and public schools across the globe.
Sonya’s wild success can be attributed to her commitment to work that challenges, engages, and heals the human spirit. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including Spoken Word Revolution:Redux, Growing Up Girl, Off Our Backs, Beltway Quarterly, Just Like A Girl, X Magazine, On the Issues Magazine, Flicker, and Spark: A Contemporary Anthology of Queer Poetry and Spoken Word, Tandem Literary Journal, FeministWire and more . She is the author of the poetry collection, A Little Truth on Your Shirt released by GirlChild Press in 2010. Sonya’s poetry has been translated into Dutch, Swedish, and German, used as curriculum in universities across the country and abroad, and as a tool for community and national action for organizations such as the Black AIDS Institute, Planned Parenthood, HIV Campus Education, Advocates for Youth 1 in 3 Campaign, and Gloria Steinem’s reproductive rights organization, Choice USA. Ms. Taylor has seen, heard and read on HBO, BET, MTV, TV One, NPR, PBS, CNN, Oxygen Network, The New York Times, New York Magazine, MSNBC.com, Today.com, Huffington Post, Vogue Australia, Shape.com, Ms. Magazine and many more.
With all her success, Sonya has still found time to devote herself to the causes she has fought for since her youth. With a B.A. in Sociology and an M.S.A., she is the former Capacity Building and Training Director for the Black AIDS Institute, the nation’s only HIV/AIDS think-tank focused exclusively on the HIV epidemic in Black communities. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Split This Rock, an organization calling poets to a greater role in public life and fostering a national network of socially engaged poets. She has worked with arts and education programming around the country including, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, California Shakespeare theater, arts and activism organization, Blackout Arts Collective and transformational arts education program for incarcerated youth, Lyrical Minded/Project ABLE. She continues to perform, teach, and keynote around the globe discussing a myriad of topics related to having worked in direct service with at-risk youth, HIV +, sex workers, incarcerated, and those most impacted by social inequality.
In 2011, Sonya founded The Body is Not An Apology, an international movement and organization focused on radical self-love and body empowerment. The Body is Not An Apology believes that discrimination, social inequality, and injustice are manifestations of our inability to make peace with our own bodies and those of others. Through information dissemination, personal and social transformation projects and community building, The Body is Not An Apology fosters global, radical, unapologetic self-love that translates to radical human love and action in service toward a more just, equitable and compassionate world Since its inception, hundreds of thousands of people have been reached with the message of radical self-love as a tool for global transformation! Sonya continues to tour globally sharing lectures, workshops and performances focused on radical unapologetic healing and personal transformation.
• The Body is Not anApology: From BodyEmpowerment toGlobal Justice
• Radical Self Love asTransformative Activism
• What DoesIntersectional SocialJustice Look Like?
• Poetry & performanceworkshops