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Martin Espada Papers, 1957-2006
12 records storage boxes, 1 oversize flat box, 3 tape storage boxes (13.5 linear ft.)

Abstract:
Poet, social activist, educator. Contains correspondence, poetry manuscripts and galley proofs, news clippings, contracts, posters, notebooks, photographs, video and audio recordings, and other materials documenting his literary career, personal life and social activism, 1957-2006. Includes translations of some of his poetry into other languages, especially Spanish.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Espada Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Espada papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

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Biographical Note

Poet and educator Martín Espada was born in 1957 in Brooklyn, New York. He received his B.A. degree in history from the University of Wisconsin (1981) and a J.D. degree from Northeastern University School of Law (1985). He is currently (2003) a Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he teaches courses in creative writing, Latino poetry and the work of Pablo Neruda.

Espada has written extensively on the plight of Latinos in the United States and is an outspoken advocate for social justice in Latin America. Espada's father Frank Espada was a leader in the Puerto Rican community and in the U.S. civil rights movement. Martín Espada's published collections of poetry include: The Immigrant Iceboy's Bolero (1982), Trumpets from the Islands of their Eviction (1987), Rebellion Is the Circle of a Lover's Hands (1990; winner of the PEN/Revson Fellowship and the Paterson Poetry Prize), City of Coughing and Dead Radiators (1993), Imagine the Angels of Bread (1996; winner of the American Book Award), A Mayan Astronomer in Hell's Kitchen (2000) and Alabanza: New and Selected Poems, 1982-2002 (2003). A book of essays, Zapata's Disciple (1998), received an Independent Publisher Book Award. He is the editor of two anthologies: Poetry Like Bread: Poets of the Political Imagination from Curbstone Press (1994), and El Coro: A Chorus of Latino and Latina Poetry (1997), winner of a Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award. Other honors include a Massachusetts Artists' Foundation Fellowship, a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant, and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2001, he was named the first Poet Laureate of Northampton, Massachusetts.

Martín Espada married Katherine Gilbert in 1988. The couple has one son, Klemente Gilbert-Espada.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Papers contain correspondence, poetry manuscripts and galley proofs, news clippings, contracts, posters, notebooks, photographs, video and audio recordings, and other materials documenting the literary career, personal life and social activism (1957-2006) of poet and University of Massachusetts Amherst professor Martín Espada. They also include manuscript drafts, background research material and reviews related to translations of Espada's poetry into Spanish and other languages, as well as translations by Espada himself of poetry in Spanish.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Espada Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Espada papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

[Identification of item], in Martin Espada Papers [Box #, folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library.

History of the Collection

The papers were acquired in October 2003. They were arranged and described by Mr. Espada over a period of several months in 2003. Accession number: 2003-210

Accruals:

Future additions to the papers are expected over the course of Mr. Espada's career.

Processing Information

The papers were acquired in October 2003. They were arranged and described by Mr. Espada over a period of several months in 2003.

Accession number:2003-10
Processed:2003 April-October
Processed by:Martin Espada
Finding Aid:2003 October
Prepared by:Martin Espada
Peter A Nelson, Assistant Archivist
Edited by:Daria D'Arienzo, Head of Archives and Special Collections
Listed by:Martin Espada
Prepared for web:2003 Oct
By:David Schaich '06, Student Encoding Asst.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone: (413) 542-2299
Fax: (413) 542-2692

Email Reference Form: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/askus
URL: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives
Language
English, French, German, and Spanish
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
SERIES 1: BOOKS,
1982-2006


Series 1, BOOKS, 1982-2003, includes manuscript drafts, galley proofs, correspondence, contracts, promotional materials and reviews related to Espada's published books. Arranged chronologically by the author's work and then by format.

The Immigrant Iceboy's Bolero - miscellaneous documents
1982-1988

Box 1: folder 1
The Immigrant Iceboy's Bolero - reviews
1982-1985

Box 1: folder 2
The Immigrant Iceboy's Bolero - correspondence
1982-1987

Box 1: folder 3
Trumpets from the Islands of Their Eviction - first drafts of poems
1983-1985

Box 1: folder 4
Trumpets from the Islands of Their Eviction - contract
1986

Box 1: folder 5
Trumpets from the Islands of Their Eviction - original manuscript
1987

Box 1: folder 6
Trumpets from the Islands of Their Eviction - folded galleys
1987

Box 1: folder 7
Trumpets from the Islands of Their Eviction - production and promotion
1987

Box 1: folder 8
Trumpets from the Islands of Their Eviction - correspondence
1987-1992

Box 1: folder 9
Trumpets from the Islands of Their Eviction - royalties, invoices, permissions
1987-1988

Box 1: folder 10
Trumpets from the Islands of Their Eviction - reviews
1988-1992

Box 1: folder 11
Trumpets from the Islands of Their Eviction - second edition galleys
1994

Box 1: folder 12
Rebellion is the Circle of A Lover's Hands - first drafts of poems
1988-1989

Box 1: folder 13
Rebellion is the Circle of A Lover's Hands - correspondence re: poems in journals and anthologies
1988-1992

Box 1: folder 14
Rebellion is the Circle of A Lover's Hands - contract
1989

Box 1: folder 15
Rebellion is the Circle of A Lover's Hands - correspondence from Espada to publisher
1989-1992

Box 1: folder 16
Rebellion is the Circle of A Lover's Hands - general correspondence
1989-1995

Box 1: folder 17
Rebellion is the Circle of A Lover's Hands - cover
1990

Box 1: folder 18
Rebellion is the Circle of A Lover's Hands - original manuscript
1990

Box 1: folder 19
Rebellion is the Circle of A Lover's Hands - production and promotion
1990-1991

Box 1: folder 20
Rebellion is the Circle of A Lover's Hands - reviews
1990-1994

Box 1: folder 21
Rebellion is the Circle of A Lover's Hands - royalties, invoices, permissions
1990-1999

Box 1: folder 22
City of Coughing and Dead Radiators - poems in journals and anthologies
1991-1997

Box 1: folder 23
City of Coughing and Dead Radiators - original
1992

Box 1: folder 24
City of Coughing and Dead Radiators - correspondence
1992-1994

Box 1: folder 25
City of Coughing and Dead Radiators - general correspondence
1992-1994

Box 1: folder 26
City of Coughing and Dead Radiators - contract
1993

Box 1: folder 27
City of Coughing and Dead Radiators - master galleys (first pass)
1993

Box 1: folder 28
City of Coughing and Dead Radiators - galleys
1993

Box 1: folder 29
City of Coughing and Dead Radiators - cover
1993

Box 1: folder 30
City of Coughing and Dead Radiators - production and promotion
1993-1994

Box 1: folder 31
City of Coughing and Dead Radiators - reviews
1993-1995

Box 1: folder 32
City of Coughing and Dead Radiators - correspondence with publisher
1993-1996

Box 1: folder 33
City of Coughing and Dead Radiators - royalties
1993-1996

Box 1: folder 34
City of Coughing and Dead Radiators - permissions
1994-2000

Box 1: folder 35
Poetry Like Bread - correspondence from Espada to publisher
1993-1994

Box 1: folder 36
Poetry Like Bread - production and promotion
1993-1996

Box 1: folder 37
Poetry Like Bread - cover
1994

Box 1: folder 38
Poetry Like Bread - reviews
1994-1997

Box 1: folder 39
Poetry Like Bread - general correspondence
1994-1999

Box 1: folder 40
Poetry Like Bread - teachers' guide
1996

Box 1: folder 41
Imagine the Angels of Bread - poem
1994

Box 2: folder 1
Imagine the Angels of Bread - correspondence re: poems in journals and anthologies
1994-1998

Box 2: folder 2
Imagine the Angels of Bread - contract
1995

Box 2: folder 3
Imagine the Angels of Bread - galleys
1995

Box 2: folder 4
Imagine the Angels of Bread - correspondence from Espada to publisher
1995

Box 2: folder 5
Imagine the Angels of Bread - publisher correspondence
1995-1997

Box 2: folder 6
Imagine the Angels of Bread - production and promotion
1995-1996

Box 2: folder 7
Imagine the Angels of Bread - reviews
1996-1997

Box 2: folder 8
Imagine the Angels of Bread - general correspondence
1996-1998

Box 2: folder 9
Imagine the Angels of Bread - royalties
1996-2001

Box 2: folder 10
Imagine the Angels of Bread - permissions
1998-2000

Box 2: folder 11
Zapata's Disciple - essays in journals and anthologies
1994-1998

Box 2: folder 12
Zapata's Disciple - contract
1996

Box 2: folder 13
Zapata's Disciple - correspondence with publisher, royalties
1996-1999

Box 2: folder 14
Zapata's Disciple - bound galleys
1998

Box 2: folder 15
Zapata's Disciple - cover and postcard
1998

Box 2: folder 16
Zapata's Disciple - production and promotion
1998

Box 2: folder 17
Zapata's Disciple - general correspondence
1998-1999

Box 2: folder 18
Zapata's Disciple - reviews
1998-2000

Box 2: folder 19
Zapata's Disciple - censorship - Texas Department of Criminal Justice
2000

Box 2: folder 20
El Coro - original manuscript
1996-1997

Box 2: folder 21
El Coro - permissions
1996-1997

Box 2: folder 22
El Coro - cover of The Massachusetts Review
1997

Box 2: folder 23
El Coro - reviews
1997-1998

Box 2: folder 24
El Coro - publisher correspondence and royalties
1997-2001

Box 2: folder 25
El Coro - general correspondence
1998

Box 2: folder 26
A Mayan Astronomer in Hell's Kitchen - correspondence re: poems in journals and anthologies
1996-2000

Box 2: folder 27
A Mayan Astronomer in Hell's Kitchen - contract
1999

Box 2: folder 28
A Mayan Astronomer in Hell's Kitchen - galleys
1999

Box 2: folder 29
A Mayan Astronomer in Hell's Kitchen - publisher correspondence, royalties
1999-2001

Box 2: folder 30
A Mayan Astronomer in Hell's Kitchen - general correspondence
1999-2001

Box 2: folder 31
A Mayan Astronomer in Hell's Kitchen - reviews
2000-2002

Box 2: folder 32
A Mayan Astronomer in Hell's Kitchen - promotion
2000-2001

Box 2: folder 33
Alabanza (poem) - background material
2001-2002

Box 2: folder 34
Alabanza (poem) - etymology
2002

Box 2: folder 35
Alabanza (poem) - NewsHour (PBS) interview
2002

Box 2: folder 36
Alabanza (poem) - publication and articles
2002-2003

Box 2: folder 37
Alabanza (poem) - correspondence
2002-2003

Box 2: folder 38
Alabanza: New and Selected Poems, 1982-2002 - correspondence re: poems in journals and anthologies
2000-2002

Box 2: folder 39
Alabanza: New and Selected Poems, 1982-2002 - contract
2001

Box 2: folder 40
Alabanza: New and Selected Poems, 1982-2002 - master galleys (third pass)
2002

Box 2: folder 41
Alabanza: New and Selected Poems, 1982-2002 - correspondence from publisher
2003

Box 2: folder 42
Alabanza: New and Selected Poems, 1982-2002 - production and promotion
2003

Box 2: folder 43
Alabanza: New and Selected Poems, 1982-2002 - cover
2003

Box 2: folder 44
Alabanza: New and Selected Poems, 1982-2002 - general correspondence
2003

Box 2: folder 45
Alabanza: New and Selected Poems, 1982-2002 - royalties
2003

Box 2: folder 46
Alabanza: New and Selected Poems, 1982-2002 - reviews
2003

Box 2: folder 47
Alabanza: New and Selected Poems, 1982-2002 - New York Times Book Review and letters
2003

Box 2: folder 48
The Republic of Poetry - press release, readings schedule
2006

Box 2: folder 49
Series 2: AWARDS AND HONORS,
1983-2003


Series 2, AWARDS AND HONORS, 1983-2003, includes correspondence, press releases, newspaper and magazine articles, contracts and other materials documenting Espada's various literary and cultural awards and honors. Arranged chronologically.

Community Radio Award - National Federation of Community Broadcasters
1983

Box 3: folder 1
Massachusetts Artists Foundation Fellowship
1984-1985

Box 3: folder 2
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
1986

Box 3: folder 3
Boston Contemporary Writers Award
1988-1990

Box 3: folder 4
PEN/ Revson Fellowship
1989-1990

Box 3: folder 5
Open Voice Poetry Award from The Writer's Voice
1990

Box 3: folder 6
Paterson Poetry Prize
1991

Box 3: folder 7
Artist in Residence - Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
1991-1992

Box 3: folder 8
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
1992

Box 3: folder 9
Lilly Foundation Teaching Fellowship
1994-1995

Box 3: folder 10
Massachusetts Cultural Council Artists Grant
1996

Box 3: folder 11
Best American Poetry - "Rednecks" and "Sleeping on the Bus"
1996-1998

Box 3: folder 12
American Book Award - Imagine the Angels of Bread
1997

Box 3: folder 13
National Book Critics Circle Award (finalist) - Imagine the Angels of Bread
1997

Box 3: folder 14
Gustavus Myers Award - El Coro
1998

Box 3: folder 15
Independent Publisher Book Award ("Ippy") - Zapata's Disciple
1999

Box 3: folder 16
Miscellaneous Finalist Awards - A Mayan Astronomer in Hell's Kitchen
2001

Box 3: folder 17
Poet Laureate of Northampton, Massachusetts
2002

Box 3: folder 18
Paterson Poetry Prize (finalist) - reading with Stanley Kunitz
2002

Box 3: folder 19
Antonia Pantoja Award
2003

Box 3: folder 20
Robert Creeley Award
2004

Box 3: folder 21
Series 3: EVENTS,
1985-2003


Series 3, EVENTS, 1985-2003, documents special seminars, conferences and celebrations related to Espada's literary career and interests. Also included are some materials on poetry readings;

Note

see also Series 8, Readings, Lectures, Workshops and Prose

. Arranged chronologically.

Curbstone press events
1985-2001

Box 3: folder 22
Conference on Juan Antonio Corretjer
1986

Box 3: folder 23
Folger Shakespeare Library
1992

Box 3: folder 24
Joiner Center Writers' Workshop
1992-2002

Box 3: folder 24A
Visit to Dickinson Homestead - photographs
1993

Box 3: folder 25
Clearwater Revival Festival
1994

Box 3: folder 26
92nd Street Y
1995

Box 3: folder 27
Smithsonian Institution
1996

Box 3: folder 28
Bomb threat, Tucson, Arizona
1996

Box 3: folder 29
Visit to Whitman House and Tomb - photographs
1997

Box 3: folder 30
Rosenbergs - Celebrate the Children of Resistance
1997-2000

Box 3: folder 31
Poetry for the People
1998-2002

Box 3: folder 32
People's Poetry Gathering
1999

Box 3: folder 33
Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Celebration
1999

Box 3: folder 34
Lorca Celebration
1999

Box 3: folder 35
Evocations - OPC Summer Institute, Columbia University
2000

Box 3: folder 36
Julia de Burgos Park - Inauguration
2001

Box 3: folder 37
Rubi Theater Company - Imagine the Angels of Bread
2001-2002

Box 3: folder 38
Rosenbergs - Celebrate the Children of Resistance
2003

Box 3: folder 39
Key West Literary Seminar
2003

Box 3: folder 40
Neruda Celebration
2003

Box 3: folder 41
Series 4: TRANSLATIONS,
1989-2003


Series 4, TRANSLATIONS, 1989-2003, includes manuscript drafts, background research material and reviews related to translations of Espada's poetry into Spanish and other languages, as well as translations by Espada himself of poetry in Spanish. Arranged chronologically.

Rebelión es el giro de manos del amante - first draft of Spanish translations (Pérez-Bustillo and Espada)
1989

Box 4: folder 1
Rebelión es el giro de manos del amante - manuscript of Spanish translations (Pérez-Bustillo and Espada)
1989

Box 4: folder 2
Rebelión es el giro de manos del amante - annotated manuscripts of Spanish translations I. (Pérez-Bustillo and Espada)
1989

Box 4: folder 3
Rebelión es el giro de manos del amante - annotated manuscripts of Spanish translations II. (Pérez-Bustillo and Espada)
1989

Box 4: folder 4
The Blood that Keeps Singing - first draft of English translations (Espada and Pérez-Bustillo)
1990

Box 4: folder 5
The Blood that Keeps Singing - annotated manuscript of English translations (Espada and Pérez-Bustillo)
1991

Box 4: folder 6
The Blood that Keeps Singing - original manuscript (Espada and Péres-Bustillo)
1991

Box 4: folder 7
The Blood that Keeps Singing: Selected Poems of Clemente SotoVélez - reviews (Espada and Pérez-Bustillo)
1991

Box 4: folder 8
The Blood that Keeps Singing: Selected Poems of Clemente SotoVélez - miscellaneous documents (Espada and Pérez-Bustillo)
1991-1996

Box 4: folder 9
Clemente SotoVélez - background
1993

Box 4: folder 10
Clemente SotoVélez - obituaries, memorials, elegies
1993-1994

Box 4: folder 11
Clemente SotoVélez - Espada elegy ("Hands Without Irons Become Dragonflies" in Bilingual Review)
1994

Box 4: folder 12
Essays and articles in Spanish on Espada
1989-2003

Box 4: folder 13
Translation into Spanish - from The Immigrant Iceboy's Bolero (Translator: Jaime Pérez)
1982

Box 4: folder 14
Translation into Spanish - "Puerto Rican Autopsy" (Translator: Pedro López Adorno)
1990

Box 4: folder 15
Translation into Spanish - Poems in Nuevo Amanecer (Nicaragua)
1991-1995

Box 4: folder 16
Translation into Spanish - "When Songs Become Water" (in Diario Latino, El Salvador)
1991-1992

Box 4: folder 17
Translation into Spanish - "New Bathroom Policy at English High School" essay: (in Diálogo, Puerto Rico)
1996

Box 4: folder 18
Translation into Spanish - (unpublished) "Hands Without Irons Become Dragonflies" (Translator: Camilo Pérez-Bustillo)
1997

Box 4: folder 19
Translation into Spanish - "Zapata's Disciple and Perfect Brie": essay (Translator: Héctor Dominguez Rubalcava)
1998

Box 4: folder 20
Translation into Spanish - "Coca-Cola and Coco Frío" for Wáchale Anthology (Translator: Maribel Pintado-Espiet)
2001

Box 4: folder 21
Translation into Spanish - miscellaneous and unpublished (Translator: Maribel Pintado-Espiet)
2001

Box 4: folder 22
Translation into French - poems from Rebellion is the Circle of a Lover's Hands (Trs. Christine Fabre and Georges Hassoméris)
1994-1997

Box 4: folder 23
Translation into Galician - poems from Trumpets from the Islands of Their Eviction
1997

Box 4: folder 24
Translation into Thai - "Sleeping on the Bus"
1999

Box 4: folder 25
Auf der Such Nach La Revolución - German Selected Poetry and Prose: correspondence with publisher and translators
2002-2003

Box 4: folder 26
Auf der Such Nach La Revolución - German Selected Poetry and Prose: galleys (Trs. Eva Bourke, Reinhard Lerch, Claus-Ulrich Viol)
2003

Box 4: folder 27
Juan Antonio Corretjer poems- translations by Espada and Camilo Pérez-Bustillo (for Callallo)
1992

Box 4: folder 28
Migel Hernández Poem - Espada translation (for The Volunteer)
1999

Box 4: folder 29
Pablo Neruda Poems - Espada translations (for The Poetry of Pablo Neruda)
2003

Box 4: folder 30
Series 5: INTERNATIONAL,
1998-2003


Series 5, INTERNATIONAL, 1998-2003, brings together material related to Espada's foreign concerns and activities. Subjects include Puerto Rico (particularly the island of Vieques, which was used by the U.S. military as a practice bombing target), Cuba, Ireland and Mexico. Arranged by the name of the foreign country and then chronologically within each country.

Puerto Rico (University of Puerto Rico and National Association of Independent Schools Conference)
1998

Box 4: folder 31
Puerto Rico Editorial (1898-1998)
1998

Box 4: folder 32
Puerto Rico Editorial (1898-1998) - hate mail
1998

Box 4: folder 33
Puerto Rico Editorial (1898-1998) - correspondence with Peacework
1998

Box 4: folder 34
Vieques - background
1999-2000

Box 4: folder 35
Vieques Resolution - Press (Amherst, Northampton and Springfield)
1999-2000

Box 4: folder 36
Vieques Resolution - statement at Town Meeting to introduce resolution
1999

Box 4: folder 37
Vieques Resolution - Town Meeting, Article 21 (passed)
1999

Box 4: folder 38
Vieques Resolution - petitions
1999

Box 4: folder 39
Vieques Demonstration - statement
1999

Box 4: folder 40
"Viva Vieques" (essay) - The Progressive
2000

Box 4: folder 41
Vieques Resolution - panel at Grand Valley State University
2000

Box 4: folder 42
Vieques - statement/panel at University of Massachusetts Amherst
2001

Box 4: folder 43
Cuba - Writers of the Americas Conference
1999-2000

Box 4: folder 44
Ireland - Heinrich Böll Cottage - residency
1999-2000

Box 4: folder 45
Ireland - correspondence with John Deane
1999-2001

Box 4: folder 46
Ireland - Achill Island
2000

Box 4: folder 47
Ireland - Galway
2000

Box 4: folder 48
Ireland - Dublin
2000

Box 4: folder 49
Ireland - "Contemplation" (poem) and Thomas Patten Memorial, Achill Island
2000

Box 4: folder 50
Ireland - "Offering of Stones" (poem), Deserted Village, Achill Island
2000-2001

Box 4: folder 51
Ireland - "Sheep Haiku" (poem)
2000-2003

Box 4: folder 52
Ireland - poems by Klemente Gilbert-Espada written on Achill Island
2000

Box 4: folder 53
Mexico - Mexico City and Guadalajara
2001

Box 4: folder 54
Mexico - "Sing Zapatista" (poem)
2001-2002

Box 4: folder 55
Series 6: CORRESPONDENCE,
1983-2003


Series 6, CORRESPONDENCE, 1983-2003, comprises incoming and outgoing correspondence and e-mail printouts of both a professional and a personal nature. Correspondents include poets, writers, educators and social activists, including Edward Asner, Julia Alvarez, Philip Berrigan, Rafael Campo, Robert Creeley, Rita Dove, Marilyn Hacker, Donald Hall, Mark Jarman, Barbara Kingsolver, Galway Kinnell, Robert Pinsky, Adrienne Rich, Andrew Salkey, and Howard Zinn. Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Agüeros, Jack
1992-2003

Box 5: folder 1
Alarcón, Francisco
1990-1991

Box 5: folder 2
Alegría, Claribel
1990-1995

Box 5: folder 3
Alvarez, Julia
1993-2003

Box 5: folder 4
Asner, Ed
2000

Box 5: folder 5
Baraka, Amiri
1989

Box 5: folder 6
Berenson, Lori
2001

Box 5: folder 7
Berrigan Philip
1998

Box 5: folder 8
Brutus, Dennis
2001

Box 5: folder 9
Cambridge Human Rights Commission
1987

Box 5: folder 10
Campo, Rafael
2002-2003

Box 5: folder 11
Castillo, Ana, and Cherrie Moraga - legal correspondence
1988-1989

Box 5: folder 12
Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños
1997-1999

Box 5: folder 13
Cisneros, Sandra
1985-1990

Box 5: folder 14
Clingman, Stephen (Chair of University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of English)
1995

Box 5: folder 15
Colemen, Wanda
1997-1998

Box 5: folder 16
Community College of Philadelphia
1990

Box 5: folder 17
Creeley, Robert
1984-2003

Box 5: folder 18
Cruz, Víctor Hernández
1992

Box 5: folder 19
Cruz, Victor M.
1996

Box 5: folder 20
Davis, Ossie
1997

Box 5: folder 21
Díaz, Junot
1996-2003

Box 5: folder 22
Digital Corporation
1986

Box 5: folder 23
Dove, Rita
1987-1992

Box 5: folder 24
Edelberg, Cynthia, and University of Alabama Press
1995

Box 5: folder 25
Esteves, Sandra Maria
1986-2003

Box 5: folder 26
Forché, Carolyn
1990-2000

Box 5: folder 27
Franzen, Cola
1992-2003

Box 5: folder 27A
Galeano, Eduardo
1991-2002

Box 5: folder 28
González, David (New York Times Caribbean and Central American Bureau Chief)
2002-2003

Box 5: folder 29
Hacker, Marilyn
1992-1995

Box 5: folder 30
Hall, Donald
1990-2003

Box 5: folder 31
Hirsch, Edward
2000-2003

Box 5: folder 32
Jarman, Mark
1994-2001

Box 5: folder 33
Jordan, June
1984-1998

Box 5: folder 34
Kennedy, Senator Edward
1986

Box 5: folder 35
Kinnell, Galway
1998-2003

Box 5: folder 36
Kingsolver, Barbara - incoming correspondence
1998-2002

Box 5: folder 37
Kingsolver, Barbara - outgoing correspondence
1999

Box 5: folder 38
Louis, Adrian
1993-1996

Box 5: folder 39
Márquez, Roberto
1992-2003

Box 5: folder 39A
Moraga, Cherrie

Note



Box 5: folder 12
Morales, Rick Kearns
1991-1995

Box 5: folder 40
Nichols, John
1998-2003

Box 5: folder 41
Olsen, Kristina (9/11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows)
2002

Box 5: folder 42
Ortíz, Sister Dianna
1996-1999

Box 5: folder 43
Osheroff, Abe (Veteran, Abraham Lincoln Brigade, Spanish Civil War) - incoming correspondence
1998-2003

Box 5: folder 44
Osheroff, Abe (Veteran, Abraham Lincoln Brigade, Spanish Civil War) - outgoing correspondence
1998-2003

Box 5: folder 45
Pawlak, Mark (Hanging Loose)
1989

Box 5: folder 46
Piercy, Marge, and Ira Wood
1991-2003

Box 5: folder 47
Pinsky, Robert
2001

Box 5: folder 48
Rich, Adrienne
1996-1998

Box 5: folder 49
Rivera, Louis Reyes
1986

Box 5: folder 50
Salisbury, Luke
1990-1996

Box 5: folder 51
Salkey, Andrew
1985-1991

Box 5: folder 52
Santiago, Esmeralda
1997

Box 5: folder 53
Soto, Gary
1990-2003

Box 5: folder 54
Soto Vélez, Clemente
1989

Box 5: folder 55
Stavans, Ilan
1992-2003

Box 5: folder 56
Vernon-Jones, Russ (Principal, Fort River School, Amherst, Mass.) - outgoing correspondence
2001-2003

Box 5: folder 56A
Villanueva, Tino
1983

Box 5: folder 56B
Welch, Clifford (Professor, Grand Valley State University)
2000

Box 5: folder 56C
Wood, Ira

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Box 5: folder 47
Zinn, Howard
2000-2003

Box 5: folder 56D
Series 7: CONTROVERSIES,
1995-2003


Series 7, CONTROVERSIES, 1995-2003, documents controversial political issues, events and organizations in which Espada was involved, including the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal (1995-2000), the Nike Poetry Slam (1997-2002), censorship, Poets for Peace (2001-2002), and Poets Against the War (2003). Arranged chronologically.

Mumia Abu-Jamal poem - benefit events for Mumia Abu-Jamal
1995-1999

Box 5: folder 57
Mumia Abu-Jamal poem - "All Things Censored" Essay
1997

Box 5: folder 58
Mumia Abu-Jamal poem in The Progressive magazine
1997

Box 5: folder 59
Mumia Abu-Jamal poem - press reports and commentaries
1997-1998

Box 5: folder 60
Mumia Abu-Jamal Poems - Index on Censorship (England)
1997-1998

Box 5: folder 61
Mumia Abu-Jamal poem - interviews
1997-1998

Box 5: folder 62
Mumia Abu-Jamal poem - general correspondence
1997-1999

Box 5: folder 63
Mumia Abu-Jamal poem - incoming and outgoing correspondence with National Public Radio
1997-2000

Box 5: folder 64
Mumia Abu-Jamal poem - PEN
1998

Box 5: folder 65
Mumia Abu-Jamal poem - Correspondence from Mumia Abu-Jamal
1998-2001

Box 5: folder 66
Mumia Abu-Jamal poem - "Prisoner AM-8335" (essay)
2000

Box 5: folder 67
Nike Poetry Slam - correspondence with Nike advertising agency
1997

Box 5: folder 68
"Nike Poetry Slam: The Poetics of Commerce" (essay)
1998

Box 5: folder 69
Nike Poetry Slam - press
1999-1999

Box 5: folder 70
Nike Poetry Slam - correspondence with Harper's
1998

Box 5: folder 71
Nike Poetry Slam - general correspondence
1998-2002

Box 5: folder 72
Censorship - Chicago Public Schools
1999

Box 5: folder 73
Poets for Peace- Northampton, Massachusetts
2001

Box 5: folder 74
Poets for Peace- New York City
2002 Jan

Box 5: folder 75
Forbidden Words - PEN event
2002

Box 5: folder 76
Poets Against the War- Espada-Hamill correspondence
2003

Box 5: folder 77
Poets Against the War- anthology (Espada contribution)
2003

Box 5: folder 78
Poets Against the War- miscellaneous correspondence
2003

Box 5: folder 79
Poets Against the War - "Poems Not Fit for the White House"
2003

Box 5: folder 80
Poets Against the War- New York Times advertisement
2003

Box 5: folder 81
Poets Against the War- Poetry Against the War Day
2003

Box 5: folder 82
Poets Against the War- Hampshire College event
2003

Box 5: folder 83
Series 8: READINGS, LECTURES, WORKSHOPS,
1982-2003


Series 8, READINGS, LECTURES, WORKSHOPS, 1982-2003, documents Espada's poetry readings, speeches, lectures and writing workshops. Arranged chronologically.

Readings, lectures and workshops
1982

Box 6: folder 1
Readings, lectures and workshops
1983

Box 6: folder 2
Readings, lectures and workshops
1984

Box 6: folder 3
Readings, lectures and workshops
1985

Box 6: folder 4
Readings, lectures and workshops
1986

Box 6: folder 5
Readings, lectures and workshops
1987

Box 6: folder 6
Readings, lectures and workshops
1988

Box 6: folder 7
Readings, lectures and workshops
1989

Box 6: folder 8
Readings, lectures and workshops
1990

Box 6: folder 9
Readings, lectures and workshops
1991

Box 6: folder 10
Readings, lectures and workshops
1992

Box 6: folder 11
Readings, lectures and workshops
1993

Box 6: folder 12
Readings, lectures and workshops
1994 Jan-Jun

Box 6: folder 13
Readings, lectures and workshops
1994 Jul-Dec

Box 6: folder 14
Readings, lectures and workshops
1995 Jan-Jun

Box 7: folder 1
Readings, lectures and workshops
1995 Jul-Dec

Box 7: folder 2
Readings, lectures and workshops
1996 Jan-Jun

Box 7: folder 3
Readings, lectures and workshops
1996 Jul-Dec

Box 7: folder 4
Readings, lectures and workshops
1997 Jan-Jun

Box 7: folder 5
Readings, lectures and workshops
1997 Jul-Dec

Box 7: folder 6
Readings, lectures and workshops
1998 Jan-Jun

Box 7: folder 7
Readings, lectures and workshops
1998 Jul-Dec

Box 7: folder 8
Readings, lectures and workshops
1999 Jan-Jun

Box 7: folder 9
Readings, lectures and workshops
1999 Jul-Dec

Box 7: folder 10
Readings, lectures and workshops
2000 Jan-Jun

Box 8: folder 1
Readings, lectures and workshops
2000 Jul-Dec

Box 8: folder 2
Readings, lectures and workshops
2001 Jan-Jun

Box 8: folder 3
Readings, lectures and workshops
2001 Jul-Dec

Box 8: folder 4
Readings, lectures and workshops
2002 Jan-Jun

Box 8: folder 5
Readings, lectures and workshops
2002 Jul-Dec

Box 8: folder 6
Readings, lectures and workshops
2003 Jan-Jun

Box 8: folder 7
Series 9: MISCELLANEOUS WORKS BY AND ABOUT ESPADA,
1984-2003


Scope and content:

Series 9, MISCELLANEOUS WORKS BY AND ABOUT ESPADA, 1984-2003, includes articles, essays and public addresses written by Espada, introductions of other poets, special issues of journals edited by Espada, and articles and essays about Espada's work.

Note:

See also: Edward J. Carvalho, "Puerto Rican radical: the effects of neoliberalism on the life and work of Martín Espada." Thesis (Ph.D.)--Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2011.
Amherst College Archives & Special Collections, call number [x PS3555.S53 Z537 2011].

Essays, interviews, articles on Espada
1984-1996

Box 9: folder 1
Misc. early essays
1986-1992

Box 9: folder 2
Latino supplement (editor) of Hanging Loose magazine - original manuscript
1988

Box 9: folder 3
Correspondence re: Hanging Loose Latino supplement
1988

Box 9: folder 4
Forché, Carolyn - introduction of, at Brighton Public Library
1988

Box 9: folder 5
Essay on Juan Antonio Corretejer in Boston for Poetry Society of America
1990

Box 9: folder 6
Contracts with agents
1991-1997

Box 9: folder 7
Callaloo: Puerto Rican Literature, editor with Juan Flores
1992

Box 9: folder 8
"Mexican Farmworker" broadside (Mad River Press)
1992

Box 9: folder 9
Commencement address - New England Farmworker Council
1993

Box 9: folder 10
National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Panelist
1993-1994

Box 9: folder 11
Salkey, Andrew - tributes
1995

Box 9: folder 12
"Sleeping on the Bus" (poem)
1995-1999

Box 9: folder 13
"The Foreman's Wallet" (poem in Harper's)
1996

Box 9: folder 14
"The Owl and the Lightning" (poem)
1996-2003

Box 9: folder 15
Essay on Pablo Neruda for Luna, Luna Anthology
1997

Box 9: folder 16
Commencement address - El Puente
1997

Box 9: folder 17
Essays, interviews and articles on Espada
1997-2003

Box 9: folder 18
"Irony and Humor in Poetry" - lecture
1998

Box 9: folder 19
Cardenal, Ernesto - introductions of at Smith and Hartford
1998-2002

Box 9: folder 20
Commencement address - Pitzer College
1999

Box 9: folder 21
Commencement address - Capitol Technical Community College
1999

Box 9: folder 22
"Ezequiel" (poem) - publication and background
2000

Box 9: folder 23
Anderson, Doug - introduction at Food for Thought Books
2000

Box 9: folder 24
Commencement address - Centro del Cardenal
2000

Box 9: folder 25
Thesis on Espada by Carlos Martínez for Master of Fine Arts at Antioch University Los Angeles
2000

Box 9: folder 26
"En la calle San Sebastián" (poem)
2001

Box 9: folder 27
Hoagland, Everett - foreword to Here-: New and Selected Poems
2001

Box 9: folder 28
Meeropol, Robert Introduction of at University of Massachusetts
2002

Box 9: folder 29
"Not Words But Hands" (poem)
2003

Box 9: folder 30
Agueros, Jack - essay on, for Gale Anthology
2003

Box 9: folder 31
Commencement address - Hampshire College
2003

Box 9: folder 32
Series 10: NOTEBOOKS,
1986-2003


Series 10, NOTEBOOKS, 1986-2003, contain Espada's personal daily notes to himself, including research notes; notes for poems and some poem drafts; notes for planning classes and workshops; and more mundane notes such as grocery lists and "to do" lists. Arranged chronologically.

Notebook no. 1
1986-1992

Box 10: folder 1
Notebook no. 2
1987

Box 10: folder 2
Notebook no. 3
1987-1988

Box 10: folder 3
Notebook no. 4
1988-1989

Box 10: folder 4
Notebook no. 5
1989

Box 10: folder 5
Notebook no. 6
1990

Box 10: folder 6
Notebook no. 7
1990-1992

Box 10: folder 7
Notebook no. 8
1991

Box 10: folder 8
Notebook no. 9
1991-1992

Box 10: folder 9
Notebook no. 10
1992

Box 10: folder 10
Notebook no. 11
1996-1998

Box 10: folder 11
Notebook no. 12
1996-1998

Box 10: folder 12
Notebook no. 13
1998

Box 10: folder 13
Notebook no. 14
1998

Box 10: folder 14
Notebook no. 15
1998

Box 10: folder 15
Notebook no. 16
1999

Box 10: folder 16
Notebook no. 17
1999-2000

Box 10: folder 17
Notebook no. 18
2001

Box 10: folder 18
Notebook no. 19
2002

Box 10: folder 19
Notebook no. 20
2003

Box 10: folder 20
Series 11: PERSONAL AFFAIRS,
1957-2003


Series 11, PERSONAL AFFAIRS, 1957-2003, includes a wide variety of personal material, including juvenilia (childhood drawings, writings, and family photographs); early academic work; unpublished poetry and prose; a copy of his high school's literary magazine, The Inquiry, in which Espada's writing was first published; papers relating to his teaching at Suffolk University Law School and the University of Massachusetts Amherst; the photograph catalog of his father, Frank Espada ("The Puerto Rican Diaspora," 1989); poems by his son, Klemente Gilbert-Espada; and materials documenting a 2003 exhibition of art by his wife, Katherine Gilbert-Espada. Arranged by person, then chronologically.

Sub-Series A: Martín Espada and Frank Espada (father)



Juvenilia - photograph album
1957-1959

Box 11: folder 1
Juvenilia - Espada family photographs
1957-1963

Box 11: folder 2
Juvenilia - preschool drawings
1962

Box 11: folder 3
Juvenilia - drawings
1963

Box 11: folder 4
Juvenilia - school papers - Brooklyn, New York
1967-1969

Box 11: folder 5
Juvenilia - drawings on flyers and stationery
1964-1969

Box 11: folder 6
Juvenilia - drawings (history and mythology)
1966-1969

Box 11: folder 7
Juvenilia - illustrated stories
1966-1969

Box 11: folder 8
Juvenilia - drawings of boxing and baseball
1967-1968

Box 11: folder 9
Juvenilia - Espada family photographs (by Frank Espada)
1968-1988

Box 11: folder 10
Unpublished poems
1974-1991

Box 11: folder 11
Unpublished prose - humor
1974-1999

Box 11: folder 12
The Inquiry - first publication in literary journal
1974

Box 11: folder 13
High School diploma
1975

Box 11: folder 14
High school and undergraduate papers
1975-1976

Box 11: folder 15
Wedding poem
1988

Box 11: folder 16
Miscellaneous photographs (Espada)
1988-2000

Box 11: folder 17
Espada, Frank (father) photography catalog - The Puerto Rican Diaspora
1989

Box 11: folder 18
Community events
1983-2002

Box 11: folder 19
Su Clínica Legal - Tenant Law (course taught by Espada)
1987-1993

Box 11: folder 20
Su Clínica Legal - Housing Manual
1992

Box 11: folder 21
Bankruptcy and foreclosure
1993

Box 11: folder 22
University of Massachusetts - employment - English Dept.
1992-1997

Box 11: folder 23
University of Massachusetts - curriculum vitae for tenure review
1996

Box 11: folder 24
University of Massachusetts - course syllabi
2000-2003

Box 11: folder 25
Sub-Series B: Klemente Gilbert-Espada (son)



Poems by Klemente Gilbert-Espada (son)
2000-2003

Box 11: folder 26
Richard III - Production with Klemente Gilbert-Espada
2003

Box 11: folder 27
A Midsummer Night's Dream - Production with Klemente Gilbert-Espada and Martín Espada; set design by Katherine Gilbert-Espada (wife)
2003

Box 11: folder 28
Sub-Series C: Katherine Gilbert-Espada (wife)



Monsters at the Edge of the World - art exhibition by Katherine Gilbert-Espada
2003

Box 11: folder 29
Series 12: VIDEO RECORDINGS,
1984-2003


Series 12, VIDEO RECORDINGS, 1984-2003, contains 30 videotapes of television broadcasts featuring Espada interviews and readings. (Tapes are in VHS format unless another format is indicated.) Arranged chronologically.

"3 Poetas Puertoriqueños" (U-Matic)
[1984]

Box 12: folder 1
WNEV (Boston): Revista no. 11 (U-Matic)
1988 Jan 10

Box 12: folder 2
Arizona State University Hispanic Research Center: Inaugural Symposia - interviews with Aristeo Brito, Ana Castillo and Martín Espada
1988 Feb 20

Box 12: folder 3
"Unity - Noche de Cultura" with Martín Espada, Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Pedro Matias and Joe Navarro
1988 Mar 10

Box 12: folder 4
WGBH (Boston): Leita Hagemann, "Poetry Break"
1989 Oct 20

Box 12: folder 5
Martín Espada at the Dark Room
1989 Nov 12

Box 12: folder 6
Christian Science Monitor/Monitor de Hoy: World Monitor with guest Martín Espada
1990 Apr 10

Box 12: folder 7
Christian Science Monitor: Monitor Forum with guests Pat Jackson and Martín Espada
1990 Jul 21

Box 12: folder 8
WGBH (Boston): "Poetry Breaks" with Martín Espada
[1991?]

Box 12: folder 9
Massachusetts Corporation Educational Telecommunications (MCET): Martín Espada
1991

Box 12: folder 10
Christian Science Monitor: Monitor Forum with guests Mary Catherine Bateson and Martín Espada
1991 Jan 5

Box 12: folder 11
Massachusetts Corporation Educational Telecommunications (MCET): AIER - [Okakagbe?] with Barbara Ward, Show no. 5 (on-air dub)
1991 Mar 26

Box 12: folder 12
A Day with Poet Martín Espada and Friends (Amiri Baraka and Derek Walcott)
1991 Apr 14

Box 12: folder 13
Massachusetts Corporation Educational Telecommunications (MCET): Artist in Electronic Residence with Martín Espada
1991 Apr 22

Box 12: folder 14
Massachusetts Corporation Educational Telecommunications (MCET): "Martín Espada - Poetry," Show no. 2, VTR 1C
1991 Apr 29

Box 12: folder 15
Massachusetts Corporation Educational Telecommunications (MCET): "Martín Espada - Poetry," Show no. 2, VTR 1B
1991 Apr 29

Box 12: folder 16
Massachusetts Corporation Educational Telecommunications (MCET): "Martín Espada - Poetry" Show no. 2 (U-Matic)
1991 Apr 29

Box 13: folder 1
Massachusetts Corporation Educational Telecommunications (MCET): AIER - Martín Espada, Show no. 3, "Poems of Praise" (on-air dub)
1991 May 6

Box 13: folder 2
Massachusetts Corporation Educational Telecommunications (MCET): AIER - Martín Espada, Show no. 3, "Poems of Praise" (on-air dub) (U-Matic)
1991 May 6

Box 13: folder 3
Massachusetts Corporation Educational Telecommunications (MCET): AIER - Martín Espada, Show no. 4, "Identity in Poetry" (on-air dub)
1991 May 13

Box 13: folder 4
Massachusetts Corporation Educational Telecommunications (MCET): AIER - Martín Espada, Show no. 4, "Identity in Poetry" (on-air dub) [copy 2 or continuation of above?]
1991 May 13

Box 13: folder 5
Massachusetts Corporation Educational Telecommunications (MCET): AIER - Martín Espada, Show no. 4, "Identity in Poetry" (on-air dub) (U-Matic)
1991 May 13

Box 13: folder 6
AIER Poetry - Martín Espada, "The Poem As Elegy" (U-Matic)
1991 May 20

Box 13: folder 7
AIER Poetry: "Martín Espada, 'Elegy'" (VHS)
1991 May 20

Box 13: folder 8
WGBH (Boston): "Poetry Break" sample reel
1991 Jul

Box 13: folder 9
Mass Performance Poetry - Martín Espada - session 1
1993 Nov 16

Box 13: folder 10
Martín Espada reading - Scottsdale, Arizona
1996

Box 13: folder 11
University of Massachusetts Educational Television: "Fine Print - Martin Espada"
1998

Box 13: folder 12
Martín Espada at Herter Studio (rough cut)
1998 Sep 22

Box 13: folder 13
"Imagine the Angels of Bread"
1999 Nov 18

Box 13: folder 14
University of Massachusetts Amherst, Academic Instructional Services: "Poets of New England," Program 4 - Martín Espada
2000

Box 13: folder 15
Martín Espada at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival Reading, with music by José Gonzalez and Criollo Clasico (unedited)
2000 Aug 16

Box 13: folder 16
Rubi Theater Company presents Imagine the Angels of Bread at the 2nd NYC Hip-Hop Theater Festival at P.S. 122
2001 Jun 14

Box 13: folder 17
Espada on News Hour
2002 Sep 12

Box 13: folder 18
WGBH (Boston): Conversations with Ilan Stavans: Martín Espada
2003 Jan 21

Box 13: folder 19
WGBY (Springfield, Mass.): La Plaza - Conversations with Ilan Stavans: Martín Espada
2003 Jan 25

Box 13: folder 20
Espada reading at Olean Public Library, Olean, N.Y.
2003 Apr 17

Box 13: folder 21
Series 13: GRAPHIC MATERIAL,
1983-2003


Series 13, GRAPHIC MATERIAL, 1983-2003, contains posters related to Espada's readings, broadsides illustrating his poems, and one folder of dust jackets from eight of his books. Posters and promotional materials are arranged chronologically; dust jackets in a single folder.

Posters - readings
1983-1984

Box 14: folder 1
Posters - readings
1988

Box 14: folder 2
Posters - readings
1990-1991

Box 14: folder 3
Broadside - "Latin Night at the Pawnshop" (Jose Antonio Burciaga)
1991

Box 14: folder 4
Broadside - "Right Hand of a Mexican Farmworker..." (Julio Granda)
1992

Box 14: folder 5
Posters - readings
1992

Box 14: folder 6
Broadside - "800 AD on the Ward" (Julio Granda)
1993

Box 14: folder 7
Posters - readings
1993-1994

Box 14: folder 8
Broadside - "Colibri"
1995

Box 14: folder 9
Posters - readings
1995-1996

Box 14: folder 10
Broadside - "Sleeping on the Bus"
1996

Box 14: folder 11
Posters - readings
1997-1998

Box 14: folder 12
Posters - readings
1999-2000

Box 14: folder 13
Posters - readings
2001-2003

Box 14: folder 14
Broadside - "Governor of Puerto Rico..."
2002

Box 14: folder 15
Book dust jackets
1990-2003

Box 14: folder 16
Series 14: AUDIO RECORDINGS,
1982-2003


Series 14, AUDIO RECORDINGS, 1982-2003, is organized into two sub-series:

Sub-series A: Nicaragua, 1982: Radio documentaries and raw material recorded in Nicaragua in 1982.

Sub-series B: Interviews and Poems, 1982-2003: consists of audio and videocassette tapes and CD recordings of Espada's interviews on radio, and on other occasions such as a cancelled White House poetry event which resulted in a recording of "Poems Not Fit for the White House, February 17, 2003." Arranged chronologically

Sub-Series A: Nicaragua,
1982


Audio tapes - Nicaragua (Radio Documentaries and Raw Material)
1982

Box 15: folder 16
Sub-Series B: Interviews and Poems,
1982-2003


Audio tapes (interviews and readings)
1982-1994

Box 16: folder 16
Audio tapes and CDs (interviews and readings)
1995-2003

Box 17: folder 16

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