Martín Espada was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1957. He has published more than 15 books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. His latest collection of poems, “The Trouble Ball” (Norton, 2011), is the recipient of the Milt Kessler Award, a Massachusetts Book Award and an International Latino Book Award. “The Republic of Poetry” (Norton, 2006) received the Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A previous 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 poetry collections 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). He has received other recognition such as the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, the Robert Creeley Award, the PEN/Revson Fellowship and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. His work has been widely translated; collections of poems have been published in Spain, Puerto Rico and Chile. His book of essays, “Zapata’s Disciple” (South End Press, 1998), has been banned in Tucson as part of the Mexican-American Studies Program outlawed by the state of Arizona. A graduate of Northeastern University Law School and a former tenant lawyer, Espada is currently a professor in the Department of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
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