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Speaking Topics

  • The Body is Not an Apology: From Body Empowerment to Global Justice
  • Radical Self Love as Transformative Activism
  • What Does Intersectional Social Justice Look Like?
  • Poetry & performance workshops

Sonya Renee Taylor is the Founder and Radical Executive Officer of The Body is Not An Apology, a digital media and education company with content reaching half a million people each month.

Sonya’s work as an award winning performance poet, activist and transformational leader continues to have global reach. She is a former national and international poetry slam champion, author, educator and activist 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.

She was named one of Planned Parenthood’s 99 Dream Keepers in 2015, a Planned Parenthood Generation Action’s 2015 Outstanding Partner awardee, and one of the 12 Women Who Paved the Way for Body Positivity by Bustle Magazine. In September 2015, she was honored as a YBCA 100, an annual compilation of creative minds, makers, and pioneers who are asking the questions and making the provocations that will shape the future of American culture; an honor she shared alongside author Ta-Nehisi Coates, artist Kara Walker, filmmaker Ava Duvernay and many more.

Sonya and her work have been 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.

Sonya's Hampshire College Commencement Speech

What Hosts are Saying

Sonya Renee is conviction, compassion, and fierce grace. Her work is a thunderous call to action, spoken with porch light welcome.

—  Andrea Gibson, Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion, author, activist

Sonya Renee Taylor’s work within the body acceptance movement has single-handedly changed my life as an activist. Sonya is one of the only voices in this movement that incorporates ALL bodies and ALL issues; bringing the focus beyond individuals and onto the fact that we can eliminate prominent toxic social injustices by incorporating inclusion, understanding and love. She is truly a force to be reckoned with and thanked for her priceless contributions towards radical change.

—  Jes Baker, Blogger, Speaker, The Militant Baker, Author of Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls