Friday, June 19, 2009



CINCINNATI – Union Institute & University (UI&U), a private, non-profit university headquartered in Walnut Hills, is honored to announce that poet Martin Espada will serve as artist-in-residence at the upcoming PhD in interdisciplinary studies residency. Espada will deliver a keynote address titled "The Republic of Poetry: A Keynote Reading," at 5 p.m., Tuesday, July 7, at the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center. The event is free and open to the public. Reservation are required.

Called “the Latino poet of his generation,” Espada has published sixteen books in all as a poet, editor, essayist and translator, including two collections of poems last year. The Republic of Poetry, a collection of poems published by Norton in 2006, received the Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Another collection, Imagine the Angels of Bread (Norton, 1996), won an American Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Espada has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, two NEA Fellowships, the PEN/Revson Fellowship and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. His poems have appeared in the The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, Harper’s, The Nation and The Best American Poetry. A former tenant lawyer, Espada is now a professor in the Department of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where he teaches creative writing and the work of Pablo Neruda.

UI&U’s Ph.D. in interdisciplinary studies is one of the most innovative among other doctorate programs in the county. The learners come together as members of cohorts that are formed based on the program’s three areas of concentration; ethical and creative leadership, public policy and social issues, and humanities and society.

Espada’s address is open to the public, however, reservations are required and seating is limited. To reserve a seat contact Jonathan Eskridge, academic residency advisor, 513-487-1199 or at

Union Institute & University is a private, accredited university that has, since 1964, redefined higher education by placing learners at the center of their own education. Union serves more than 2000, self-motivated, socially conscious adults in rigorous faculty- mentored programs without interrupting professional, family, and community commitments. UI&U offers individualized programs of study leading to the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees. In addition to its distance learning programs, academic centers are located in Cincinnati (OH), Los Angeles and Sacramento (CA), Miami (FL), and in Montpelier and Brattleboro (VT). / 440 E. McMillan St., Cincinnati, OH 45206-1925 / 513.861.6400 / 800.486.3116 / TDD 513.861.9968

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