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April 27: Find out why they compare Martín Espada to Pablo Neruda

Martín Espada provides the keynote event of the Etheridge Knight Poetry Festival, of the Rufus and Louise Reiberg Reading Series

When: Friday April 27 7:30 PM
Where: Indiana Historical Society Auditorium

Called “the Pablo Neruda of North American authors,” poet Martín Espada draws inspiration from his Puerto Rican heritage and his work experiences ranging from bouncer to tenant lawyer. His eighth collection of poems, The Republic of Poetry, is forthcoming from Norton in fall 2006. Of this new book, Samuel Hazo writes: “Espada unites in these poems the fierce allegiances of Latin American poetry to freedom . . . with the democratic tradition of Whitman, and the result is poetry of fire and passionate intelligence.” His last book, Alabanza: New and Selected Poems, 1982-2002 (Norton, 2003), received the Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement and was named an American Library Association Notable Book of the Year. An earlier collection, Imagine the Angels of Bread (Norton, 1996), won an American Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, Harper’s, The Nation, and Best American Poetry.

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