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Richard Blanco
The Pinery
May 6 2018
6:00pm

 

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. BORN IN MADRID TO CUBAN EXILE PARENTS AND RAISED IN MIAMI, THE NEGOTIATION OF CULTURAL IDENTITY CHARACTERIZES HIS THREE COLLECTIONS OF POETRY: CITY OF A HUNDRED FIRESDIRECTIONS TO THE BEACH OF THE DEAD; AND LOOKING FOR THE GULF MOTEL. HE HAS ALSO AUTHORED THE MEMOIRS FOR ALL OF US, ONE TODAY: AN INAUGURAL POET'S JOURNEY AND THE PRINCE OF LOS COCUYOS: A MIAMI CHILDHOOD. HIS LATEST BOOK,BOUNDARIES, A COLLABORATION WITH PHOTOGRAPHER JACOB HESSLER, CHALLENGES THE PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL DIVIDING LINES THAT SHADOW THE UNITED STATES.

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