Martín Espada

Folger Poetry Board Reading

Wednesday, May 04, 2022, 7:30 pm
Free, reservations required

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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.

Martín Espada 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 will be followed by a moderated conversation where audience members can also ask their own questions.


“And the dead still have names, names that sing in praise of the saints,
names that flower in blossoms of white, a cortege of names dressed
all in black, trailing the coffins to the cemetery. Carve their names
in headlines and gravestones they would never know in the kitchens
of this cacophonous world. Enter their names in the book of names.”

From Floaters by Martín Espada.

Who's Who

This reading is co-sponsored by the Folger Shakespeare Library and The National Gallery of Art.




The O.B. Hardison Poetry Series is pleased to partner with East City Bookshop, an independently run, women owned bookstore on Capitol Hill. Pickup is available at the shop, or they ship (almost) anywhere! Check their website,

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