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Richard Blanco

Inaugural Poet Launches Cuba Writing Project

AP | CHRISTINE ARMARIO | Posted 06.09.2015 | Latino Voices

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Poet Richard Blanco is launching a writing project to lift what he calls Cuba's "emotional embargo." Blanco and writer Ruth Beha...

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.

Joseph Erbentraut

Inaugural Poet On Immigration: 'We Need To Start Telling The Story Differently'

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 11.10.2014 | Books

When poet Richard Blanco took to the podium to read his poem "One Today" at President Barack Obama's second inauguration, he became the first immigran...

This Is The Star-Studded Poem Celebrating Marriage Equality That Needs To Be Heard

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 09.27.2014 | Gay Voices

Get your tissues ready, because this poem is seriously powerful. "Until We Could" is a picture of the love shared in committed same-sex relations...

Presidential Inauguration Poet Richard Blanco Discusses Journey to Podium

Catherine C. Lutz | Posted 05.19.2014 | Books
Catherine C. Lutz

On the surface, Blanco's story is that of a Cuban-American boy trying to figure out where he belongs: geographically, culturally and sexually. But as he intimately and expertly related through his poetry, his emotional experiences are universal.

Inaugural Poet's Beautiful Realization

AP | CHRISTINE ARMARIO | Posted 01.30.2014 | Miami

MIAMI (AP) — The Miami neighborhood where inaugural poet Richard Blanco grew up, in many ways, resembles Cuba his family left behind. Down the stree...

WATCH: 12 Moments That Made Us Proud To Be Latino

The Huffington Post | Posted 09.23.2013 | Latino Voices

It's been a good 12 months for Latinos. From firsts like Richard Blanco reading his poem at Obama's Inauguration to Julian Castro giving the keyno...

Richard Blanco Stands Up For What He Believes In

Fox News Latino | Posted 05.22.2013 | Latino Voices

So many things have changed for Richard Blanco since he was named the 2013 presidential inauguration poet. Even poetry has changed for the Cuban-Am...

The Importance of Records

Lynda Bekore | Posted 05.01.2013 | Women
Lynda Bekore

When the media uses every "first" as an excuse to breathlessly declare old barriers broken, they end up diluting the very accomplishment they hope to highlight.

Inaugural Poet's Homecoming On Friday

Sun Sentinel | Melvin Felix | Posted 04.20.2013 | Miami

The South Florida engineer who became the youngest poet to read at a presidential inauguration -- not to mention the first openly gay, as well as the ...

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.

Eric Cantor On Richard Blanco's Inaugural Poem: 'I Can't Even Tell You What Was Going Through My Mind'

The Huffington Post | Jon Ward | Posted 02.05.2013 | Politics

My piece on Eric Cantor's people power conservatism is up on the site this morning. I toured a private school for low-income students in Petworth yest...

Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall Redefined 'We the People.'

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 04.01.2013 | Politics
Madeleine M. Kunin

They say speeches don't create change. THEY are wrong. Barack Obama's inaugural address lifted up a nation that has been downcast, instead of looking up at the one sky above us.

The Obama Inauguration, Immigration Reform, Poetry and the Cantor Twitch

Janet Mason | Posted 03.29.2013 | Politics
Janet Mason

Like many LGBT Americans, I was profoundly moved by President Obama's recognition of gays and lesbians in his inaugural speech.

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.

The Most Gay-Friendly Inauguration Of Them All

Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 03.24.2013 | Religion
Jaweed Kaleem

After gay rights organizations criticized Obama for having invited a pastor to pray at his inauguration who thought gay people were sinners who could change through Jesus, it turns out the ceremony was the most pro-gay in history. While Obama spoke of religion to justify his gay rights stance, Louie Giglio tweeted his views.

Inauguration Poem Pays Homage To American Experience

AP | Posted 03.23.2013 | Books

WASHINGTON — Poet Richard Blanco has delivered an inaugural poem paying homage to the American experience. Blanco, at age 44 the youngest ever ...

Obama Asks America to Learn the Radical Lessons of Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall

Peter Dreier | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

In evoking the battles at Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall -- and in selecting Evers, Blanco, and Rev. Leon to participate in the ceremony -- Obama was reminding Americans that the progress toward a better society is made primarily by people working together through social movements.

Eric Cantor Hates Poetry

The Huffington Post | Carol Hartsell | Posted 01.21.2013 | Comedy

Thank you, camera person, for cutting to Eric Cantor during Richard Blanco's reading of the inaugural poem. ...

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.

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...

Morning Links: Weddings At The National Cathedral, Developments In Illinois, And A Gay Poet At Inauguration

Lila Shapiro | Posted 03.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Lila Shapiro

-- In a big win for promoters of marriage equality, the AP is reporting that the Washington National Cathedral will soon begin performing same-sex mar...

Inaugural Poet For 2013 Announced

Zoë Triska | Posted 01.09.2013 | Books

Today, Richard Blanco was announced as the 2013 Inaugural poet. He will recite a poem at President Obama's swearing-in ceremony on Monday, January 21....