Martín Espada has published more than fifteen books. His latest book of poems, The Trouble Ball (Norton), received the Milt Kessler Award, a Massachusetts Book Award and an International Latino Book Award. His previous collection, The Republic of Poetry (Norton) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The title poem of his collection Alabanza (Norton), about 9/11, has been widely anthologized and performed. His book of essays, Zapata’s Disciple (South End), was banned in Tucson as part of the Mexican-American Studies Program outlawed by the state of Arizona. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Shelley Memorial Award, Espada teaches at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.