Martin Espada, "the Latino Poet of His Generation," Reads from and Discusses His Work

For Immediate Release:
October 10, 2013
Contact: Steven Woolfolk
Martin Espada, "the Latino Poet of His Generation," Reads from and Discusses His Work

Martin Espada has earned a reputation as "the Latino poet of his generation."

Now the much-honored writer/editor/translator reads from and discusses his most recent collection of poems, The Trouble Ball, on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. Espada will be interviewed by New Letters on the Air's Angela Elam. 

Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1957, Espada has published more than 15 books. The Trouble Ball has received the Milt Kessler Award, a Massachusetts Book Award, and an International Latino Book Award. His The Republic of Poetry received the Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

An earlier book of poems, Imagine the Angels of Bread, won an American Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Other books of poems include A Mayan Astronomer in Hell's Kitchen, City of Coughing and Dead Radiators, and Rebellion is the Circle of a Lover's Hands.  He has received the Robert Creeley Award, the National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, the PEN/Revson Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. 

A former tenant lawyer, Espada is a professor in the Department of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

This event is co-sponsored by Park University.

Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP at or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore. 

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