Saturday, November 27, 2021

Martin Espada - Distinguished Poetry Reading Series

The Distinguished Poets Series will feature a virtual reading with Martín Espada on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 2:30 PM – 3 PM ET.

Maria Gillan and Martin Espada 

Martín Espada has published more than twenty books as a poet, editor, essayist, and translator. 

His newest book of poems from Norton is Floaters which was awarded this year's National Book Award for Poetry.

His other books of poems include Vivas to Those Who Have Failed (2016), The Trouble Ball (2011), The Republic of Poetry (2006), and Alabanza (2003). He is the editor of What Saves Us: Poems of Empathy and Outrage in the Age of Trump (2019). 

He has received the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Shelley Memorial Award, the Robert Creeley Award, an Academy of American Poets Fellowship, the PEN/Revson Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. The Republic of Poetry was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. 

A former tenant lawyer in Greater Boston, Espada is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. 

His website is

You can join the reading live and later archived at

View previous programs on the Poetry Center at PCCC YouTube channel.


Maria Mazziotti Gillan's new poetry collection is When the Stars Were Still Visible (2021). Other recent publications are the poetry and photography collection, Paterson Light and Shadow and the poetry collections What Blooms in Winter and The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets which pairs her poems with her paintings. Maria's artist's website is and her poetry website is

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