Martín Espada, called "the Latino poet of his generation," will give a reading of his work at the Bread Loaf/Vermont campus this summer. A poet, editor, essayist, translator, former lawyer, and professor at University of Massachusetts-Amherst, perhaps Espada ought more rightfully to be called a Renaissance man of his generation.
Highlighted recognition for his more than fifteen books includes the Milt Kessler Award, a Massachusetts Book Award and an International Latino Book Award for his latest collection of poems, The Trouble Ball (Norton, 2011); the Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement for The Republic of Poetry (Norton, 2006); and an American Book Award for Imagine the Angels of Bread (Norton, 1996). He has received the Robert Creeley Award, the National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, the PEN/Revson Fellowship and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. Espada's book of essays, Zapata's Disciple (South End Press, 1998) has also earned the distinction of being banned in Tucson as part of the Mexican-American Studies Program outlawed by the state of Arizona.
Martín Espada was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1957 and graduated from the Northeastern University Law School. His work has been widely translated and collections of his poems have been published in Spain, Puerto Rico and Chile.