This is part of the Pittsburgh Humanities Festival. Purchase a Festival Concurrent Sessions Pass to attend this event.
Martín Espada will be interviewed by Jim Daniels, Poet and Screenwriter, Carnegie Mellon University.
Espada has published almost twenty books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. His latest collection of poems from Norton is Vivas to Those Who Have Failed (2016). Junot Díaz writes that this book represents "Espada at his brilliant best, the poet laureate of our New America, with a voice that breaks heart, gives courage and burns all illusions." His honors include the Shelley Memorial Award, the National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, the PEN/Revson Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. The Republic of Poetry was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His book of essays, Zapata's Disciple (1998), was banned in Tucson as part of the Mexican-American Studies Program outlawed by the state of Arizona, and reissued in 2016 by Northwestern University Press. A former tenant lawyer in Greater Boston's Latino community, Espada is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.