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Obama inauguration poet to read at Union

Obama inauguration poet to read at Union

Poet Richard Blanco, who wrote and read a poem at President Obama’s inauguration last month, will be
Obama inauguration poet to read at Union
Richard Blanco

Poet Richard Blanco, who wrote and read a poem at President Obama’s inauguration last month, will be at Union College next week.

Blanco will read from his works at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Nott Memorial. The event is free and open to the public.

Before the reading in the Nott, Blanco will have dinner and a discussion with students in Beuth House on campus.

Blanco was born in Spain to Cuban parents, and raised in Miami. His poems have appeared in top literary journals and anthologies, including The Nation, the New Republic, Michigan Quarterly Review and The Best American Poetry.

Obama selected Blanco to be the inaugural poet because his “deeply personal poems are rooted in the idea of what it means to be an American.” Blanco, 44, became the first immigrant, the first Latino and the first openly gay person to be named the inaugural poet. Previous inaugural poets have included Robert Frost and Maya Angelou.

At the inauguration, Blanco read his poem, “One Today,” composed for the event.

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