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Martín Espada's parents immigrated to the United States from Puerto Rico and settled in New York. Martín was born in 1957; he grew up Brooklyn. He practiced law as a tenant lawyer and is now a professor of English literature at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst where he teaches creative writing, Latino poetry, and the work of Pablo Neruda.
Espada's seventh collection of poetry, Alabanza: New and Selected Poems (1982-2002) was published in the 2003 by W.W. Norton and Company. His previous collections include Imagine the Angels of Bread (W.W. Norton and Company, 1996) and Rebellion is the Circle of a Lover's Hands (Curbstone,1990). He is also the author of a book of essays, Zapata's Disciple, published by South End Press in 1998.
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["Imagine the Angels of Bread," "Mariano Explains Yanqui Colonialm to Judge Collins," & "Alabanza: In Praise of Local 100," in Martín Espada, Alabanza: New and Selected Peoms 1982-2002 117-119, 45, 231-232 (New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2003)]
Day We Buried You in the Park"
the People Who Are Now Red Trees"
Martín Espada, The Immigrant Iceboy's Bolero (Madison, Wisconsin: Ghost Pony Press, 1982)(Natick, Massachusetts: Cordillera Press, 1982)(Cordillera Press, 1983)(Cordillera Press, 1984)(Maplewood, New Jersey: Waterfront Press, 1986)(New York: Waterfront Press, 1987)
___________, Trumpets from the Islands of Their Eviction (Tempe, Arizona: Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe, 1987)(expanded ed., 1994)
___________, Rebellion is the Circle of a Lover's Hands (Willimantic, Connecticut: Curbstone Press, 1990)
___________, City of Coughing and Dead Radiators: Poems (New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 1993)
___________, Imagine the Angels of Bread: Poems (New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 1996)
___________, A Mayan Astronomer in Hell's Kitchen: Poems (New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2000)
___________, Alabanza: New and Selected Poems 1982-2002 (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2003)
___________, The Republic of Poetry (New York: W.W. Norton, 2006)
___________, Crucifixion in the Plaza de Armas (Middlesbrough: United Kingdom: Smokestack Books, 2008)
Brian Herny & Andrew Zawacki (eds.), The Verse Book of Interviews: 27 Poets on Language, Craft and Culture (Verse Press, 2005)
Martín Espada, The Lover of a Subversive is Also a Subversive: Essays and Commentaries (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2010)
____________, Zapata's Disciple: Essays (Cambridge, Massachusetts: South End Press, 1998)
Martín Espada (ed.), El Coro: A Chorus of Latino and Latina Poetry (Amherst, Massachusetts: University of Massachusetts Press, 1997)
___________ (ed.), Poetry Like Bread: Poets of the Political Imagination (Willimantic, Connecticut: Curbstone Press, 1994)(Curbstone Press, expanded ed., 2000)
Clemente Soto Vélez, The Blood That Keeps Singing (La sangre que sigue cantando): Selected Poems of Clemente Soto Vélez (Willimantic, Connecticut: Curbstone Press, 1991)(Martín Espada and Camilo Pérez-Bustillo trans.)
The Wheelbarrow and the Coqui, 6 (4) UMass (alumni magazine) Summer, 1995)
Michael Stanford, The Cyclopean Eye, The Courtly Game, Admissions Against Interest: Five Modern American Lawyer Poets, 30 Legal Studies Forum 9 (2006) [online text]
Espada Papers, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts
Ray Gonzalez, Touching the Fire: Fifteen Poets of Today's Latino Renaissance (Anchor Books/Doubleday, 1998)