Espada is a Brooklyn born Puerto Rican whose body of work has been concentrated in poetry. His works tackle contemporary issues of justice and humanity. He focuses on the experiences of marginalized communities. This was something he likely saw firsthand as a tenants rights attorney in Boston. His work also includes collections of essays and critiques. His commentary has been banned (Zapata’s Disciple) in Arizona since it was part of the Mexican American Studies Program. He teaches young poets and writers English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
First Book: The Immigrant Ice Boy’s Bolero
Latest Book: Vivas To Those Who Failed