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Poet to Read in Hudson Valley's Library Lecture Series

CONTACT: Judith White (518) 629-8063 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2002

Poet and educator Martin Espada will read from his new work, "A Mayan Astronomer in Hell's Kitchen: Poems," at 11 a.m. on Sept. 12 at Hudson Valley Community College.

The program is the first of the new academic semester in Hudson Valley's "Voices: A Library Lecture Series."

An activist for Hispanic and other social causes, Espada teaches English at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His collections of poetry celebrate, or sometimes lament, the immigrant and working class experience.

Espada will read and take part in a question-and-answer session in the auditorium of Hudson Valley's Bulmer Telecommunications Center. The program is free and open to the public.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.