Monday, November 28, 2016

Martín Espada and Bunkong Tuon to Read in Paterson

The Distinguished Poets Series of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College is presenting a poetry reading by Martín Espada and Bunkong Tuon at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, 2016.

Born a few years before the Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia in 1975, Bunkong Tuon remembered very little of the atrocities in Cambodia. In 1979, he escaped with his grandmother and extended family to live in refugee camps in Thailand before settling in Malden, Massachusetts in the 1980s. His poetry and nonfiction have appeared in The New York Quarterly, The Paterson Literary Review, Chiron Review, The Más Tequila Review, Nerve Cowboy, Numéro Cinq, Misfit Magazine,and The Massachusetts Review, among others. He is an associate professor of English at Union College, in Schenectady, NY.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1957, Martín Espada is the author of more than fifteen books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. A former tenant lawyer in the Greater Boston’s Latino community,, he received a BA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a JD from Northeastern University. His first poetry collection, The Immigrant Iceboy’s Bolero was published in 1982 and his latest is Vivas to Those Who Have FailedThe Republic of Poetry received the Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.

The program is free and an open reading follows.

Workshops, conducted by Espada and Tuon, are 10 a.m. to noon (pre-registration required; fee

All programming is at the Hamilton Club Building, 32 Church St., Paterson. Parking available at the PCCC lot on College Blvd., between Memorial Dr. and Church St.

Formore information, call (973) 684-6555 or visit

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