Walking With Whitman: Martín Espada

Friday, March 3rd at 6:00pm

WWBA presents the seventh season of its signature series Walking with Whitman: Poetry in Performance. New for 2017 is a Community Open Mic. After a musical prelude, the main event begins at 8pm with the Featured Poet.

About the Featured Poet

Martín Espada was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1957. He has published almost twenty books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. His new collection of poems from Norton is called Vivas to Those Who Have Failed (2016). Other books of poems
include The Trouble Ball (2011), The Republic of Poetry (2006), Alabanza (2003), A Mayan Astronomer in Hell’s Kitchen (2000), Imagine the Angels of Bread (1996).

His many honors include the Shelley Memorial Award, the Robert Creeley Award, the National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, an American Book Award, the PEN/Revson Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. The Republic of Poetry was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The title poem of his collection Alabanza, about 9/11, has been widely anthologized and performed.

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 will be issued in a new edition 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.

Program Schedule

5:30pm  Sign up for Community Open (Online pre-registration recommended. Walk-ins are welcome)

6:00pm   Open Mic performances begin

7:30pm   Musical  prelude w/ the Tommy Santoriello Trio

8:00pm   Poetry Reading, Q&A, Book Signing


Program Admission

$10  Members
$15  Non-Members
Students are free.

Special series pricing for all 6 programs (March, April, May, Oct, Nov. Dec.)
$40 Members (6 programs) $20 savings
$75 Non-Members (6 programs) $15 savings
For tickets visit www.waltwhitman.org or phone (631) 427-5240 ext. 115

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  • March 3, 2017
  • 6:00 pm
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