Poet Martin Espada to hold readings, book signings at Texas State

Martin Espada
Martin Espada

By Jack McClellan
Office of Media Relations
March 2, 2018

SAN MARCOS – Award-winning poet Martín Espada will hold readings and book signings at Texas State University’s Wittliff Collections on Thursday, March 22, and the Katherine Ann Porter Literary Center on Friday, March 23.

The Wittliff reading will be at 3:30 p.m. on the seventh floor of the Alkek Library. The KAP Literary Center reading will be at 7:30 p.m. in Kyle.

Espada has published nearly 20 books as a poet, editor, translator and essayist. His latest collection of poems is Vivas to Those Who Have Failed. Other books of poems include The Trouble Ball, The Republic of Poetry, Alabanza and A Mayan Astronomer in Hell’s Kitchen. His honors include the National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, American Book Award, 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’s Latino community, Espada is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

The event is sponsored by the Burdine Johnson Foundation, The Wittliff Collections, the Lindsey Reading Series and the Department of English at Texas State.

For more information, contact Jeremy Garrett at kapliterarycenter@gmail.com.

About Texas State University

Founded in 1899, Texas State University is among the largest universities in Texas with an enrollment of 38,694 students on campuses in San Marcos and Round Rock. Texas State’s 184,000-plus alumni are a powerful force in serving the economic workforce needs of Texas and throughout the world. Designated an Emerging Research University by the State of Texas, Texas State is classified under “Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity,” the second-highest designation for research institutions under the Carnegie classification system.