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Obama Inauguration Poet

The President and the Poet

Sally Steenland | Posted 03.25.2013 | Books
Sally Steenland

Richard Blanco was the perfect choice for inaugural poet, embodying the rich kaleidoscope of our nation's people. He was conceived in Cuba, born in Spain, and came to the U.S. when he was two months old. Like Obama, he grew up negotiating different identities. And like the president, he loves his country.

Inauguration Poet On His Homophobic Grandmother

Richard Blanco | Posted 03.22.2013 | Books
Richard Blanco

I don't know what a faggot means, really; don't even know about sex yet. All I know is she's talking about me, me; and whatever I am, is bad, very bad.

Elizabeth Alexander, Obama Inauguration Poet, "Completely Thrilled"

AP | JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Elizabeth Alexander was a toddler in a baby stroller when her parents took her to hear Martin Luther King's historic "I Have ...

Who Will Be Obama's Inaugural Poet?

John Lundberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Lundberg

The Associated Press reported last week on a growing expectation in the poetry community that Obama will follow in the tradition of Kennedy, Carter an...