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Martín Espada


A poet, activist and professor, Martín Espada is often referred to as “the Latino poet of his generation.” The Brooklyn native is the author of more than 15 books of essays, poems and translations. His most recent collection, The Trouble Ball has won a Massachusetts Book Award and an International Latino Book Award, among other honors. His 2006 work, The Republic of Poetry, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and his previous book of poems, Imagine the Angels of Bread, won an American Book Award.

Espada became a tenant lawyer in Massachusetts after receiving his law degree from Northeastern University School of Law. Currently he is an English professor at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He has one son.