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Richard Blanco

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Poet Richard Blanco Selected as the 2013 Inaugural Poet

Congratulations to Richard Blanco, named 2013 Inaugural Poet! We're proud to be the publisher of his collection Directions to the Beach of the Dead. The inauguration ceremony will be held January 21. Listen to NPR's interview with Richard Blanco here.

Richard Blanco was made in Cuba, assembled in Spain, and imported to the United States—meaning his mother, seven months pregnant, and the rest of the family arrived as exiles from Cuba to Madrid where he was born. Only forty-five days later, the family emigrated once more and settled in New York City, then eventually in Miami where he was raised and educated.

He has published three collections of poetry, including Directions to the Beach of the Dead, which won the Beyond Margins Award from the PEN American Center for its exploration of the universal themes of cultural identity. His other collections, City of a Hundred Fires and Looking for The Gulf Motel, were published by the University of Pittsburgh Press.

His poems have appeared in top literary journals including, The Nation, the New Republic, Ploughshares, Michigan Quarterly Review, and TriQuarterly Review; and several anthologies including, The Best American Poetry, Great American Prose Poems, Breadloaf Anthology of New American Poets, and American Poetry: The Next Generation. He has been featured on National Public Radio's All Things Considered, and various conferences and venues including the Miami Book Fair, The Southern Writers Conference, The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, the Dodge Poetry Festival, and The Poetry Center at Smith College.

Blanco is recipient of two Florida Artist Fellowships, a Residency Fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and is a John Ciardi Fellow of the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. A builder of cities as well as poems, he holds a bachelors of science degree in Civil Engineering and a Master in Fine Arts in Creative Writing.

For more:
The New York Times: Poet's Kinship With the President, January, 9, 2013
PBS News Hour: Poet Richard Blanco Chosen to Read at Obama's Inauguration. January 9, 2013




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