A prolific writer, Richard Blanco’s poetry explores the intersections of his identity as a Cuban-American and openly gay poet and engineer whose journey has taken him from the shores of Miami to the foothills of rural Maine to the White House, where he became the youngest and the first Latino, immigrant and gay writer in U.S. history to serve as the inaugural poet at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration. His poem, “One Today,” was written specifically for the occasion and reflects Blanco’s understanding of what it means to be an American and together.
Driven by the belief that poetry has the power to connect communities, Blanco’s writing has been lauded for illuminating the human spirit. In 2013, he wrote and performed “Boston Strong,” to celebrate a community wounded but unbroken by the Boston Marathon bombings. For poet and for reader, Blanco’s writing is an exploration of culture, contradiction and connections that invites us to see ourselves alongside him as we search for our own sense of home, belonging and identity.
On April 15, you are invited to share Blanco’s journey across physical and personal landscapes as he shares selected works with the University community. A book signing will immediately follow.
The event will be held in the School of Law, Appellate Courtroom 283. It is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.