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Richard Blanco Inauguration Poet

There's Another Kind of Embargo We Need to Address in Cuba

Richard Blanco | Posted 03.16.2015 | World
Richard Blanco

As a poet and storyteller, I have dedicated my life's work to understanding that emotional embargo -- that invisible Berlin Wall across the straits between Cuba and Florida.

A Supposedly Gay-Friendly Cuban Writer Questions Richard Blanco's Manliness

Ariel Gonzalez | Posted 04.09.2013 | Latino Voices
Ariel Gonzalez

It was inevitable that Richard Blanco's selection as Obama's second inaugural poet would provoke a response from a predictably vocal segment of the Cuban exile community. But I was surprised at what Zoe Valdes posted recently on the right-wing website.

The Hazards of an Inauguration Sans Poetry

Purvi Shah | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
Purvi Shah

When we do have poetry ringing from austere offices, what do we gain? If the launch of our progress comes from the incantations of a poet, so be it. After all, who better than a poet to turn a last word into our first step?

Refreshing Tears: Uncontrolled and Welcomed at the Obama Inauguration

Maxim Thorne | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Maxim Thorne

I feel the constant tears today, freezing on my face but not resisting at all. I even cried (embarrassed) when I interviewed the young woman from New ...

Richard Blanco: The High, Low and... the Middlebrow!

Khanh Ho | Posted 03.30.2013 | Books
Khanh Ho

Everybody turns their nose at an inaugural poem. Everybody makes sure to come back for Beyonce... and this lead me to wondering if there was a place for the middlebrow. If so, what is the middlebrow? Let me explain.

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.

Naming Richard Blanco the Inaugural Poet Is Beautiful

J.J. Colagrande | Posted 03.19.2013 | Miami
J.J. Colagrande

The new Miami is where we take each other seriously; where we come together committed to the cultural and intellectual renaissance of our city; where we re-define ourselves for ourselves and the rest of the country.

Richard Blanco: First Latino Inaugural Poet

Posted 01.10.2013 | Latino Voices

“Richard Blanco was made in Cuba, assembled in Spain, and imported to the United States,” and now he will serve as the Inaugural poet at the swear...