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Martin Espada

Editor, essayist, translator and award-winning poet

Martin Espada

Martin visited with students at Amherst in Summer 2009

Called "the Latino poet of his generation" and "the Pablo Neruda of North American authors," Martín Espada was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1957. He has published seventeen books in all as a poet, editor, essayist and translator.

The Republic of Poetry, a collection of poems published by Norton in 2006, received the Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; his next collection, The Trouble Ball, was published in Norton in April 2011. A collection of essays, The Lover of a Subversive is Also a Subversive, was released by the University of Michigan. An earlier book of poems, Imagine the Angels of Bread (Norton, 1996), won an American Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Other books of poetry include A Mayan Astronomer in Hell's Kitchen (Norton, 2000), City of Coughing and Dead Radiators (Norton, 1993), and Rebellion is the Circle of a Lover's Hands (Curbstone, 1990). His poems have also appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, Harper's, The Nation, and The Best American Poetry.

Espada is also the editor of two anthologies, Poetry Like Bread: Poets of the Political Imagination from Curbstone Press (Curbstone, 1994) and El Coro: A Chorus of Latino and Latina Poetry (University of Massachusetts, 1997), and released an audio book of poetry called Now the Dead will Dance the Mambo (Leapfrog, 2004). His work has been translated into ten languages; collections of poems have recently been published in Spain, Puerto Rico and Chile.

Espada has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the American Book Award, the Robert Creeley Award, the Charity Randall Citation, 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.

For further information about Martin Espada, please visit his website.

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