2018 Writers' Workshop Faculty
Lady Borton has received three honorary degrees for her work with all sides during and after the American War in Việt Nam. She has published annotated translations of five Vietnamese memoirs. The Vietnamese version of her biography, Hồ Chí Minh: A Journey, received a Silver Award from the Vietnamese Association of Publishers in 2013. Lady spent three years re-working essays by Vietnamese cultural scholar Hữu Ngọc into Việt Nam: Tradition and Change, which is listed by the American Library Association as one of the best scholarly works for 2017 and which has received publishing awards in both content and design from the Vietnamese Association of Publishers. With linguist/scholar/publisher Trần Đoàn Lâm, Lady re-translated from the original, ancient Chinese and Vietnamese ideographic scripts and from Romanized Vietnamese all the poetry excerpts that author Hữu Ngọc had quoted. A side-track from her usual work took Lady into finishing The Constant Listener: Henry James and Theodora Bosanquet, the imagined memoir (a novel) by her childhood friend, poet Susan Herron Sibbet.
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 Shelley Memorial Award, the Robert Creeley Award, the National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, an American Book Award, 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.
Danielle Legros Georges is a writer, poet, editor, and translator. She is the author of two books of poetry, Maroon (Northwestern University Press, 2001) and The Dear Remote Nearness of You (Barrow Street Press, 2016), the chapbook Letters from Congo (Central Square Press, 2017), and is the editor of City of Notions: An Anthology of Contemporary Boston Poems (Boston Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, 2017). Her essays, translations, reviews, and poems have appeared in literary journals, books and publications including Agni, The American Poetry Review, The Boston Globe, Black Renaissance Noire, Build therefore your own world, The Caribbean Writer, Callaloo, Consequence, The Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin Biography, Haiti Noir: The Classics, Into English: An Anthology of Multiple Translations, The Massachusetts Review, and Others Will Enter the Gates: Immigrant Poets on Poetry, Influences and Writing in America. Her academic and literary awards include the Sheila Motton Book Prize from the New England Poetry Club, The PEN New England Discovery Award, faculty scholarship grants from Lesley University, and artist’s fellowships from the Boston Foundation, the Black Metropolis Research Consortium, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Legros Georges is Boston’s Poet Laureate, a role in which she serves as an advocate for poetry, language, and the arts. She teaches at Lesley University.
Laren McClung is a poet from Philadelphia and is the author of Between Here and Monkey Mountain (Sheep Meadow Press, 2012) and coeditor of Inheriting the War: Poetry and Prose by Descendants of Vietnam Veterans and Refugees (W.W. Norton, 2017). Her work has appeared or been reviewed in The Massachusetts Review; Cerise Press; The American Reader; Harvard Review, PN Review; War, Literature and the Arts and elsewhere. She has led workshops in poetry at Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island and in the Creative Writing Program at New York University. She currently teaches in New York City.