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THE FOLGER LIBRARY'S final FREE VIRTUAL reading of the season with Martín Espada
Hardison Poetry Series
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
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.
is free; reservations are
required. It will be followed by a moderated
conversation where audience members can also ask their own
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.
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.