Saturday, April 30, 2022

THE FOLGER LIBRARY'S final FREE VIRTUAL reading of the season with Martín Espada





O.B. Hardison Poetry Series

Martín Espada: Folger Poetry Board Reading 

in a live Zoom reading

Wednesday, May 4, at 7:30pm (ET)


On Wednesday May 4, at 7:30pm ET, join the Folger Shakespeare Library and the National Gallery of Art in celebration of the poet Martín Espada as the 2022 Folger Poetry Board Reader. Each year, the Folger Poetry Board, supporters of the O.B Hardison Poetry Series, selects a distinguished poet to share their favorite poems from other poets and to read from their own work.

Espada is a prolific author and strong advocate for social justice. His most recent poetry collection, Floaters, was awarded the 2021 National Book Award. 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 follows in the steps of noted poets Billy Collins, Seamus Heaney, Rita Dove, Octavio Paz, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Carol Ann Duffy, all former Folger Poetry Board Readers, a designation which began in 1991 with Mr. Heaney. 

This reading is free; reservations are required. It will be followed by a moderated conversation where audience members can also ask their own questions.

This virtual reading is co-sponsored with The National Gallery of Art and will include a presentation on Frank Espada, noted photographer and the poet’s late father. The senior Espada’s work is archived at the National Gallery of Art. 

Visit our website for more information on this final reading of Folger Poetry's 2021/22 season and on Martín Espada.



Folger Events Available On Demand Through June 30


Autumn Leaves: An improvisation in poetry and jazz with pianist Cyrus Chestnut and poets Lenard D. Moore and Kyle Dargan; Now Available On Demand

Ann Patchett, author of Bel Canto and the Dutch House delivers the 2021 Eudora Welty Lecture, Now Available on-demand




We are deeply grateful to have you as a part of the Folger community. If you are able, we hope you will consider making a gift today to help sustain the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series and programs like it. 





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