Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Thurday, April 15th: Martin Espada and Rich Villar @ Bowery Poetry Club

Page Meets Stage: Rich Villar and Martin Espada - $12/$6 Students

Called "the Latino poet of his generation" and "the Pablo Neruda of North American authors," Martin Espada was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1957. He has published seventeen books in all as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. Two more books are forthcoming: The Trouble Ball (Norton, 2011), a collection of poems, and The Lover of a Subversive is Also a Subversive (Michigan, 2010), a collection of essays.

He has received numerous awards and fellowships and his poems have appeared in the The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, Harper's, The Nation and The Best American Poetry. His work has been translated into ten languages; collections of poems have recently been published in Spain, Puerto Rico and Chile. A former tenant lawyer, Espada is now a professor in the Department of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where he teaches creative writing and the work of Pablo Neruda.

Rich Villar's poetry and prose have appeared in the journals MiPoesias: The American Cuban Issue, OCHO 15, Rattapallax, and the first edition of the chapbook series Achiote Seeds (Achiote Press, Spring 2007). He is a co-founder and director of the Acentos Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the development and publication of Latino/a poetry. He lives and writes en la madre tierra de New Jersey.

Info: Bowery Poetry Club

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