For more from from Martín Espada check out his website, linked above
For more from Samantha Thornhill check out the link above
Watch Me Swing by Martín Espada and Samantha Thornhill
Award -winning Martín Espada and Samantha Thornhill tackle stories of fruit, custodians, and love, using everyday objects to spin a poetry collection that marvels. Espada and Thornhill craft poems that sing sweetly of home. A book that will make a wonderful gift for the family and the classroom.
Called by Sandra Cisneros “the Pablo Neruda of North American poets, “ 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), City of Coughing and Dead Radiators (1993) and Rebellion is the Circle of a Lover’s Hands (1990).
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 collectionAlabanza, 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 reissued in a new edition this fall. A former tenant lawyer in Greater Boston’s Latino community, Espada is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
A singular voice for a new generation of poets, Trinidadian Samantha Thornhill has traveled globally and works locally to get the word of poetry into the daily dialogue. She has an M.F.A. from Virginia, teaches poetry to actors at Julliard, and is a poetry producer for Russell Simmons’s YouTube channel, All Def Poetry. She co-founded PUP.
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