Martín Espada

Martín Espada
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Martín Espada

Called "the Latino poet of his generation," Martín Espada was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1957. His seventh collection, Alabanza: New and Selected Poems (1982-2002) was published by Norton in 2003, received the Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Acheivement and was named an American Library Association Notable Book of the year. Marge Piercy writes: "With these new and selected poems, you can grasp how powerful a poet Martín Espada is-his range, his compassion, his astonishing images, his sense of history." Sandra Cisneros says: "Martín Espada is the Pablo Neruda of North American authors."

An earlier collection of Espada's work, Imagine the Angels of Bread (Norton), won an American Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Another volume, Rebellion is the Circle of a Lover's Hands (Curbstone), received the Paterson Poetry Prize and a PEN/Revson Fellowship. His latest collection of poems, The Trouble Ball (W. W. Norton & Co., 2011), received the Milt Kessler Award, an International Latino Book Award, and a Massachusetts Book Award. His previous collection, The Republic of Poetry (W. W. Norton & Co., 2006), was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Other awards include the Robert Creeley Award and two NEA Fellowships. His book of essays, Zapata's Disciple (South End Press, 1998), has been banned in Tucson as part of the outlawed Mexican studies program.

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