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Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on May 20, 2009.
Marge Piercy “is not just an author, she’s a cultural touchstone. Few writers in modern memory have sustained her passion, and skill, for creating stories of consequence,” says The Boston Globe. An accomplished poet and novelist, her books include, The Moon is Always Female, My Mother’s Body, and Woman on the Edge of Time. Piercy’s latest collection, The Crooked Inheritance, features poems on the U.S. occupation of Iraq , health care, “the poet as a young nerd”, hospital hallways, and mangoes at the beginning of a new love affair. A popular public speaker, she has been a featured writer on Bill Moyers’ PBS Specials, Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion, Terri Gross’ Fresh Air, and many radio programs nationwide.
Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on October 3, 2007.
Martin Espada, called “the Pablo Neruda of North American authors” by Sandra Cisneros, has published thirteen books as a poet, essayist, editor and translator. Of his most recent collection of poems, The Republic of Poetry, Samuel Hazo writes: “Espada unites in these poems the fierce allegiances of Latin American poetry to freedom and glory with the democratic tradition of Whitman, and the result is poetry of fire and passionate intelligence.” His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, Harper’s, The Nation, and The Best American Poetry.