Selected by President Obama as the fifth inaugural poet in U.S. history, Richard Blanco is the youngest and the first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role. Author of the memoirs For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey and The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood, winner of the Lambda Literary Prize. His latest book, Boundaries, a limited-edition collaboration with photographer Jacob Hessler, challenges the physical and psychological dividing lines that shadow the United States.
Blanco will be reading from his latest publication with a conversation to follow on his previous work and the connection between poetry and engineering.
Booksigning to follow. Free and open to the public.
Co Sponsored by: Leslie Center for the Humanities, Associate Dean of Arts and Humanities, Associate Dean of International Studies and Interdisciplinary Programs, Living and Learning Communities, Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, LALACS, Department of English, Department of Theater and the First- Year Student Enrichment Program (link for more info)
For All of Us, One Today is a fluid, poetic story anchored by Richard Blanco's experiences as the inaugural poet in 2013, and beyond. In this brief and evocative narrative, he shares for the first time his journey as a Latino immigrant and openly gay man discovering a new, emotional understanding of what it means to be an American.
Family continues to be a wellspring of inspiration and learning for Blanco. His third book of poetry, Looking for The Gulf Motel, is a genealogy of the heart, exploring how his family's emotion legacy has shaped--and continues shaping--his perspectives.
In his second book of narrative, lyric poetry, Richard Blanco explores the familiar, unsettling journey for home and connections, those anxious musings about other lives: "Should I live here?
A poignant, hilarious, and inspiring memoir from the first Latino and openly gay inaugural poet, which explores his coming-of-age as the child of Cuban immigrants and his attempts to understand his place in America while grappling with his burgeoning artistic and sexual identities.