Poetry Reading by Richard Blanco




Poetry Reading by Richard Blanco

Ellen Robbins Poetry Forum

Ellen Robbins Poetry Forum

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
1:15 p.m. in the College Lounge

photo of Richard Blanco
Richard Blanco

Reading by Richard Blanco, the Fifth Inaugural Poet of the United States and acclaimed Cuban-American Poet.

Joe Donahue, host of WAMC's Book Show and Roundtable, will interview the author and moderate the audience discussion.

Born in Madrid, Blanco immigrated as an infant with his Cuban-exile family to the U.S. A practicing engineer, writer and poet since 1991, Blanco has lived and worked throughout Europe and South America. He has taught at Georgetown University, American University, Writer’s Center and Central Connecticut State University.

Blanco is the author of Books One Today (2013), Boston Strong (2013), and For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey (2013), Looking for the Gulf Motel (2012), Directions to the Beach of the Dead (2005), and City of a Hundred Fires (1998). He has received numerous honors for his writings and performances. His poems have appeared in countless literary journals and anthologies.

In 2013, Blanco was chosen to serve as the Fifth Inaugural Poet of the United States, following in the footsteps as such great writers as Robert Frost and Maya Angelou. Blanco performed One Today, an original poem he wrote for the occasion, becoming the youngest, first Latino, immigrant and openly gay writer to hold the honor.

Following the inauguration, he continued connecting communities through occasional poetry. He has written and performed occasional poems for such organizations as Freedom to Marry, the Tech Awards and the Fragrance Awards.

In May of 2013, Blanco wrote Boston Strong, an occasional poem he performed at the TD Boston Garden Benefit Concert and at a Red Sox game at Fenway Park. Following his performances, he released a limited edition Boston Strong chapbook, with all proceeds going to those most affected by the Boston Marathon bombings.

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