Poetic Voices for Social Justice: A Stonecoast Reading
Martín Espada and Lauren Marie Schmidt will give a public reading of their work to benefit Stonecoast MFA's Writing for Social Justice Scholarship.
Martín Espada, a faculty member at the University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast MFA program and author of more than a dozen books of poems, including Vivas to Those Who Have Failed (2016) is a Pulitzer Prize finalist, American Book Award winner and National Book Critics Circle nominee, and most recent winner of the one of the nation's most prestigious literary awards, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize.
Lauren Schmidt is the author of three collections of poetry including Psalms of The Dining Room, a sequence of poems about her volunteer experience at a soup kitchen in Eugene, Oregon. Her awards include the So to Speak Poetry Prize, the Neil Postman Prize for Metaphor, The Janet B. McCabe Prize for Poetry, and the Bellevue Literary Review’s Vilcek Prize for Poety.
The Stonecoast MFA Writing for Social Justice Scholarship, established to reduce financial and social barriers to higher education, supports culturally and socially engaged writers committed to creating positive change in the community.