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Poets Martín Espada & Vanessa German

Art & Activism: HEArt Brings Poet & Pulitzer Prize Finalist Martín Espada, and Pittsburgh Artist, Activist & Performance Poet
Vanessa German to the New Hazlett Theater, June 19

With funding from the Heinz Endowments Small Arts Initiative, we are pleased to present acclaimed Puerto Rican poet Martín Espada and Pittsburgh’s singular artist/activist Vanessa German in the third of our 3-part, 2013-2014 Performance Series, June 19, 6 p.m. at the New Hazlett Theater.

Tickets for this revolutionary reading are FREE with a suggested donation of $5 or any amount attendees can afford at the door. Please RSVP by emailing editors@heartjournalonline.com with names of confirmed guests by June 19.

Photo by Silvain

Photo by Silvain

Martín Espada has published more than 15 books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. His latest collection of poems, The Trouble Ball (Norton), is the recipient of the Milt Kessler Award, a Massachusetts Book Award and an International Latino Book Award. The Republic of Poetry (Norton) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He has also received an American Book Award, the Shelley Memorial Award, the PEN/Revson Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. A former tenant lawyer in Boston’s Latino community, Espada is a professor in the Department of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

vanessa german is an artist, actress, playwright, sculptor, performer and educator. She has written and performed several spoken word operas and been the featured performer at The Vineyard Playhouse, The Three Rivers Arts Festival and The August Wilson Center for African American Culture, the International Arts Festival in Grahmstown, South Africa, Pop TECH, Harvard, MIT, TED Women, and TED Education. Her sculptures have been exhibited in galleries and museums nationwide. Vanessa is also the founder of “Love Front Porch,” Homewood’s Art House and the popular Homewood = “STOP SHOOTING, WE LOVE YOU” yard sign campaign.

We bring these poets together to read as part of our mission to promote artists as activists and build a community of citizens who believe in art as a vehicle for social justice and reform. Martín has a long history with HEArt. His unflinching, heartbreaking and riot-ess call to action played a seminal role in our 1997-2002 success as a print journal. Good poetry humanizes even when addressing the most despairing of subjects; it conveys the transcendent power of hope and resistance. Martín Espada

Vanessa is a voice, an art, a creator that will not be ignored. Her witnessing is visceral, visual, spoken, felt. She does not look away or answer with a reactionary tongue. Instead, her work is imbued with a larger understanding of the human condition, what it means to truly be free, to speak, to survive.” The stakes are higher than your silence is comforting … — vanessa german

Following, Cave Canem will host poets Tim Seibles, Patricia Smith & Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon at 7:30 pm, Alphabet City™ Tent - 318 Sampsonia Way. We encourage you to attend this free reading by reserving online for a full night of extraordinary poetry on the North Side.


The Heinz Endowments supports efforts to make southwestern Pennsylvania a premier place to live and work, a center for learning and educational excellence, and a region that embraces diversity and inclusion.