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Poetry Breaks for Schools and Libraries: Martin Espada

Alternative Title:
Martin Espada

Extent:
1 videocassette of 1 (Betacam SP) (16:14 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (VHS) (16:14 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
x videocassettes of x (Betacam SP) (16:14 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
x videocassettes of x (VHS) (16:14 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.

Copyright Date:
1993

Copyright Holder:
Leita Luchetti

Artist:
Espada, Martin

Background:
In addition to this tape, made especially for schools and libraries, other source and master tapes exist in which the poet reads more of his poems. These poems were recorded in order to be used in brief "Poetry Breaks" spots between regular programs and at the end of the programming day.

Martin Espada was born in 1957 in Brooklyn, New York. He received his Bachelor's of Art in history at the University of Wisconsin and a J.D. in law from Northeastern University in Boston.

Espada's published collections include: The Immigrant Iceboy's Bolero (1982), Rebellion Is The Circle of a Lover's Hands (1991), and City of Coughing and Dead Radiators (1993). Espada was awarded The Massachusetts Artists' Foundation Fellowship of Poetry in 1984, and the National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship in 1986. His collection, Rebellion Is the Circle of a Lover's Hands, won the PEN/Revson Foundation Fellowship for Poetry in 1993. Martin Espada is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Scope:
This work was footage created especially for this work, in which Espada answers questions about his life as a writer. A Betacam SP preservation master and VHS screening copy created from the completed master exist. Also included are Betacam SP preservation masters and VHS screening copies of the original footage shot for this work.

The work consists of two poems, each of which is commented on by Espada. After each poem he discusses its meanings. The two poems are "Niggerlips" and "Mrs. Baez Serves Coffee on the Third Floor."
Following the poems there is a section called "Since you asked...," in which he answers questions students would want to know about a poet's life and work. The questions are:
What kind of a poet am I?
Do I make a living writing poetry?
What about inspiration?
What's a poet's life like?



Director:
Luchetti, Leita Hagemann

Producer:
Luchetti, Leita Hagemann

Coproducer:
WGBH-TV Boston

Funders:
Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry
Axe-Houghton Foundation
Boston Council for the Arts and Humanities
Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
Writers' League of Boston


Performer:
Espada, Martin

Subjects:
Poetry
Writing


Genre:
Readings

See Also:
Poetry Breaks I, Martin Espada





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