Martín Espada, 20th Annual ODU Literary Festival


Martín Espada

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



Webb University Center; Chandler Recital Hall, Deihn Fine and Performing Center

Author/Artist Bio

Martín Espada called the Latino poet of his generation, was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1957. His fifth book of poetry, Imagine The Angels of Bread, won the American Book Award, was a finalist for the National Book Critics’ Circle Award, and was chosen as one of the best books of 1996 by The Progressive magazine. Another volume of poems, Rebellion Is the Circle 0f a Lover’s Hands, won both the Paterson Poetry Prize and the PEN/Revson Fellowship. The PEN/Revson judges were unanimous: “This is political poetry at its best. The greatness of Espada's art, like all great art, is that it gives dignity to the insulted and the injured of the earth.” Many of his poems arise from his Puerto Rican heritage and his work experiences, ranging from bouncer to tenant lawyer. He is also the editor of Poetry Like Bread: Poets of the Political Imagination and El Coro: A Chorus of Latino and Latina Poets. Espada is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.


Espada read on Thursday, October 16th, 1997 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.


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