Thursday, September 19, 2013

Martín Espada in Denver

The DU Latino Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship (DULCCES)
proudly presents:

Martín Espada

as part of its Latino Heritage Month celebration
Thursday, October 3, 2013

7pm- Reading & Discussion
Book signing to follow

Driscoll Student Center Ballroom
University of Denver
2055 E Evans Ave., Denver 
FREE & Open to the Public

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.

As a poet, editor, essayist and translator, Espada has authored 17 books, including his collection of Puerto Rico poems Crucifixion in the Plaza de Armas (Smokestack, 2008), released in England, and the bilingual collection La Tumba de Buenaventura Roig (Terranova, 2008), published in Puerto Rico.

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. Other books of poetry include Alabanza: New and Selected Poems (Norton, 2003), 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).

He has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the Robert Creeley Award, the Antonia Pantoja 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. He was the 2012 Walt Whitman Poet in Residence at the Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site and recipient of the 2013 Shelley Memorial Award.

His poems have appeared in the The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, Harper’s, The Nation and The Best American Poetry, among many others, and his work has been translated into a dozen languages.  

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

This reading is part of the celebration of Latino Heritage Month at DU. It complements DULCCES cultural events agenda for the academic year, as it highlights the Center’s mission to promote the intellectual, creative and political empowerment of Latino communities. 

About DULCCES: The University of Denver Latino Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship (DULCCES) was founded in 2005 to be the center for Latino voices both inside and outside the university. It is a consortium of interdisciplinary faculty from throughout the university who are committed to placing DU at the center of scholarship, teaching and service related to Latinos in the Rocky Mountain west.  Its vision of success is to provide a center where Latino faculty, students and community partners can work together to evolve into ethical and responsible participants in a pluralistic, interdependent and multicultural society. 

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