jubilat / Jones Poetry Series

This series showcases established and emerging poets in a number of readings each year. All events are free and open to the public.

Next Event


Sunday, April 7, 2019
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

An informal Q & A session will follow the reading.

Featured Poets


  • George Abraham
  • Martín Espada

About the Poets


  • George Abraham (they/he) is a Palestinian-American poet and Bioengineering Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University. They are the author of Birthright (Button Poetry, 2020), as well as two chapbooks: the specimen's apology (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2019) and al youm (TAR, 2017). He is a Kundiman, Watering Hole, and Poetry Incubator fellow, winner of the 2018 Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize, and recipient of the Best Poet title from the College Union Poetry Slam International. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming online with The Paris Review, Tin House, American Poetry Review, LitHub, Boston Review, and in anthologies such as Bettering American Poetry and Nepantla.
  • Martín Espada was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1957. He has published almost twenty books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. His latest collection of poems from Norton is called Vivas to Those Who Have Failed (2016). Other books of poems include The Trouble Ball (2011), The Republic of Poetry (2006), Alabanza (2003), A Mayan Astronomer in Hell’s Kitchen (2000), Imagine the Angels of Bread (1996), City of Coughing and Dead Radiators (1993) and Rebellion is the Circle of a Lover’s Hands (1990). His many honors include the 2018 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Shelley Memorial Award, the Robert Creeley Award, the National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, an American Book Award, an Academy of American Poets Fellowship, the PEN/Revson Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. The Republic of Poetry was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The title poem of his collection Alabanza, about 9/11, has been widely anthologized and performed. His book of essays, Zapata’s Disciple (1998), was banned in Tucson as part of the Mexican-American Studies Program outlawed by the state of Arizona, and has been issued in a new edition by Northwestern University Press. A former tenant lawyer in Greater Boston’s Latino community, Espada is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Read a brief history of this series.

If you have questions, please call the jubilat office at 413-577-1064 or visit their website.

About jubilat / Jones:
jubilat / Jones
is made possible through generous support from the Friends of the Jones Library and jubilat literary journal, with additional support from the Juniper Initiative for Literary Arts and Action, the UMass MFA Program for Poets and Writers, and the Amherst Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.