Seeds of Fire:
Contemporary Poetry from the Other USA
Ledbury Poetry Festival
Britain’s largest Poetry Festival, brimming with events over ten days every summer.
Jon Andersen and Martín Espada are both poets who bear witness, as Pulitzer Prize finalist Martín Espada says, "I saw no contradiction being both a lawyer and a poet, since both, for me, involved advocacy." Their poems speak out on behalf of those without an opportunity to be heard, in the great tradition of Walt Whitman and Woody Guthrie. "Some poems call us to the barricades, some to despair. Some detail the way capitalism can poison even the most intimate aspects of our lives, while others record the bloody consequences of the American Way, from Palestine and Iraq, Vietnam and Chile to the beggars on the streets of Washington." Martín Espada is a major award-winning poet. He has published 14 books including Crucifixion in the Plaza De Armas, The Republic of Poetry, A Mayan Astronomer in Hells Kitchen and City of Coughing and Dead Radiators. Jon Andersen's first collection is called Stomp and Sing.