Saturday, May 15, 2010

Acéntos welcomes Martín Espada

From the poet's website:

Called "the Latino poet of his generation" and "the Pablo Neruda of North American authors", Martín Espada was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1957.  He has published seventeen books in all as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. Two more books are forthcoming: The Trouble Ball (Norton, 2011), a collection of poems, and The Lover of a Subversive is Also a Subversive (Michigan, 2010), a collection of essays. 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.

Another collection, Imagine the Angels of Bread (Norton, 1996), won an American Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the Robert Creeley Award, the Charity Randall Citation, the Paterson Poetry Prize, the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award, the National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, the Premio Fronterizo, two NEA Fellowships, the PEN/Revson Fellowship and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.

His poems have appeared in the The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, Harper's, The Nation and The Best American Poetry.

He has also published a collection of essays, Zapata's Disciple (South End, 1998); edited 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 audiobook 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. A former tenant lawyer, Espada is now a professor in the Department of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where he teaches creative writing and the work of Pablo Neruda.

On Sunday May 16, Martin Espada will facilitate an Acéntos poetry workshop from 5-7PM in the Savoy Building at Hostos Community College in The Bronx.

The Acentos Foundation is a Bronx, New York-based organization fostering audiences for poetry through the discussion, promotion, teaching, performance, and publication of poetry by Latino and Latina writers.

Check out Martín Espada at the 2008 Dodge Poetry Festival:

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