New Letters
On The Air

Martín Espada

Poetry

Interviewed by: Angela Elam

Catalog Number: 20000913, 19980401

In part two of the 1997 interview, lawyer-turned-poet, Martín  Espada talks about the poem he wrote about Mumia Abu-Jamal, the African-American journalist serving a life sentence in prison for murder, and the refusal of NPR to air the poem because it was deemed too political. This activist poet and American Book Award winner for Imagine the Angels of Bread also talks about his Latino poetic heroes. 

| Subject Matter: Activism, Latino Poets, Mumia Abu-Jamal | Interview Year: 1997 | Genre: Poetry | Awards: Milt Kessler Award, Massachusetts Book Award, International Latino Book Award, Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement, American Book Award |

See All audio

    Susan Aizenberg

    Poet Susan Aizenberg discusses the use of fiction within poetry, admitting that she draws from real life, but notes that there is a distinction between truth and fact. Recently retired from teaching at Creighton University, she reads from her thir...

    Jo McDougall

    Jo McDougall discusses her two recent books of poetry—The Undiscovered Room and ...

Kansas City Literary Events

Thomas Fox Averill & Tina Hacker

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Overland Park, Kan.

News

New Letters Summer 2018 Poetry Series

Follow our new series of poems about children, each day or two through July. Begin reading here. 

Shop

Clarion Awards Selection CD Special

Jamaica KincaidJim ShepardGloria Vando & Anika ParisLuis Alberto Urrea, and Alex George, normally $7.99 per episode, this cd collection comes with over $15.00 in savings. Downloads of these programs have been reduced and are available through our archives.