Author: Poet Richard Blanco
Festival of the Arts BOCA, Authors & Ideas series
Thursday, March 7th, 2024 at 7:00 PM
Born in Madrid to Cuban exile parents and raised in Miami, Richard Blanco’s poetry is all about the negotiation of cultural identity and the universal themes of place.
Selected by President Obama as the fifth Presidential Inaugural Poet in U.S. history, Blanco was the youngest, the first Latinx, immigrant, and gay person to serve in that role. In 2023, Blanco was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Biden from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Blanco’s most recent poetry collection, Homeland of My Body, which he will read from this evening, reassess traditional notions of home as strictly a geographical, tangible place that merely exist outside us, but rather, within us.
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