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La Plaza
Conversations with Ilan Stavans: Martin Espada
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Premiered January 10, 1979- Officially La Plaza as a separate series title ended after season 28 (2006). It was replaced by the interview series: Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One which premiered in 2007.

Producer Raquel Ortiz anticipates that the bilingual series will serve as a plaza for the entire local Latino community. Ortiz also served as the host during the first season along with guest hosts. The program format varied from week to week, between musical specials, documentaries, in-studio debates, both locally produced and acquired. Spanish language programs were subtitled in English and English language programs were captioned in Spanish.

See January 1979 Prime Time Program Guide for cover story. Series release date: 1/10/1979

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Martin Espada born in New York city, and once a practicing lawyer in Chelsea, Massachusetts, is regarded as one of the leading poets of Puerto Rican heritage in the U.S. Author of five books of poetry, including City of coughing and dead radiators (Norton, 1993), Imagine the angels of bread (Norton, 1996) and most recently, A Mayan astronomer in Hell’s Kitchen (Norton, 2000), Espada has also published a book of essays (Zapata’s Disciple, South End Press, Cambridge,1998), edited an anthology, Poetry like bread: poets of the political imagination, (Curbstone Press, Willimantic, CT, 1994), and a translation into English of a selection of poems by Clemente Soto Velez.



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
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