April 26, 2019 On Campus
2019-04-26 19:00 2019-04-26 20:30 America/New_York A Poetry Reading by Martín Espada Kemper Auditorium Andover

A Poetry Reading by Martín Espada

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Kemper Auditorium

Presented by the Phillips Academy Department of English

Recipient of the 2018 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for Lifetime Achievement

Martín Espada has dedicated his literary career to the pursuit of social justice and to exploring and preserving the richness of his cultural heritage. A poet, editor, essayist, and translator, he has published nearly 20 books, including the poetry volume The Republic of Poetry in 2007—a Pulitzer Prize finalist—and his latest, Vivas to Those Who Have Failed.

The title poem of Espada’s collection Alabanza is about 9/11 and has been widely anthologized and performed. His book of essays, Zapata’s Disciple (1998), was banned in Tucson as part of the Mexican-American Studies Program outlawed by the state of Arizona. The book has since been issued in a new edition by Northwestern University Press.

A former tenant lawyer in Greater Boston’s Latino community, Espada is a professor of English at UMass–Amherst. He is the first Latino poet to win the prestigious Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize.

Espada’s poetry reading is sponsored by the Sandra Isham Vreeland Fund.

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