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March 2, 2005
Contact: Robert Vodicka, KU American studies, (785) 864-2167 or (785) 331-2241.

Leading Latino poet Martín Espada to speak at KU March 10

LAWRENCE -- One of the leading Latino poets of his generation, Martín Espada, will give a public reading March 10 at the University of Kansas.

Espada, who has published seven books of poetry, will appear at 7:30 p.m. in the Kansas Room at the Kansas Union. His visit is sponsored by the KU Hispanic American Leadership Organization, Student Senate, Coca-Cola and the KU American Studies department.

His seventh collection, "Alabanza: New and Selected Poems (1982-2002)," received the Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement and was named an American Library Association Notable Book. An earlier collection of Espada's work, "Imagine the Angels of Bread," won an American Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

He also has received the Paterson Poetry Prize, a PEN/Revson fellowship, the Robert Creeley Award and two NEA fellowships. His poems have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Harper's, The Nation and The Best American Poetry.

His other books include "City of Coughing and dead radiators" and "A Mayan Astronomer in Hell's Kitchen." Espada, 48, also has published a book of essays and translated into English a selection of poems by Clemente Soto Velez.

A former tenant lawyer, Espada is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where he teaches creative writing, Latino poetry, and the work of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, who won a Nobel Prize in literature.

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