Martin Espada in 2010. Photo by
David Shankbone. Licensed under Creative Commons, courtesy . Wikimedia Commons
Imagine the Angels of Bread
American Book Award; PEN/Revson Fellowship; Paterson Poetry Prize
Martín Espada (born 1957) is a Latino American poet, essayist, translator, and academic. Puerto Rico has frequently been featured as a theme in his poems.
Espada was born in Brooklyn,
New York City. He was introduced to political activism at an early age by his father, a leader in the Puerto Rican community and the civil rights movement. Espada received a B.A. in history from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a J.D. from Northeastern University (Boston, Massachusetts). For many years, he worked as a tenant lawyer and a supervisor of a legal services program. In 1982, Espada published his first book of political poems, The Immigrant Iceboy's Bolero, featuring photography by his father. This was followed by Trumpets from the Islands of their Eviction (1987) and Rebellion is the Circle of a Lover's Hands. Espada is the  Poet Laureate of Northampton, Massachusetts.
In 2009, Espada performed in
a documentary feature film that uses dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries, and speeches of everyday Americans, based on historian The People Speak Howard Zinn's . A People's History of the United States
Martín Espada lives in Amherst, Massachusetts with his wife Catherine Gilbert Espada and his son Klemente Gilbert-Espada. He is a professor at the
University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he teaches poetry.
Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement, for Poetry, and Alabanza: New and Selected Poems
Robert Creeley Award
Antonia Pantoja Award
Independent Publisher Book Award
Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award
Massachusetts Artist's Fellowship
Paterson Poetry Prize
United States Artists Fellow Award
The Immigrant Iceboy's Bolero (with photographs by father, Frank Espada). Madison, WI: Ghost Pony Press, 1982.
Trumpets from the Islands of Their Eviction. Tempe, AZ: Bilingual Press, 1987
Rebellion Is the Circle of a Lover's Hands. Willimantic, CT: Curbstone Press, 1990.
City of Coughing and Dead Radiators. New York: Norton, 1993.
Imagine the Angels of Bread: Poems. New York: Norton, 1996.
A Mayan Astronomer in Hell's Kitchen: Poems. New York: Norton, 2000.
Alabanza: New and selected poems, 1982-2002. New York: Norton, 2003.
The Republic of Poetry. New York: Norton, 2006.
Crucifixion in the Plaza de Armas. Middlesbrough, UK: Smokestack Books, 2008.
The Trouble Ball: Poems. New York: Norton, 2011.
Zapata's Disciple (essays and some poetry). South End Press, 1998.
The Lover of a Subversive is Also a Subversive: Essays and commentaries. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2010.
The Blood that Keeps Singing: Selected poems of Clemente Soto Velez. (translated with Camilo Perez-Bustillo). Curbstone Press, 1991.
Poetry Like Bread: Poets of the political imagination from Curbstone Press. Curbstone Press, 1994
New and expanded edition, 2000.
El Coro: A Chorus of Latino and Latina Poetry. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 1997.
. Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy the Poetry Foundation
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Martin Espada (cassette). Kansas City, MO: University of Missouri, [199-?]
Passwords: Martin Espada on Pablo Neruda. New York: Poets House, 1996.
Zapata's Disciple (cassette). Boulder, CO: Alternative Radio, 2000.
Now the Dead Will Dance the Mambo (CD). Wellfleet, MA : Leapfrog Press, 2004.
Remembering Well & Raising Hell (CD). Boulder, CO: Alternative Radio, 2014.
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