Richard Blanco


Richard Blanco was the fifth poet in history to read at the inauguration of an American President, and is the author of three poetry collections, including Looking for The Gulf Motel (University of Pittsburgh, 2012); and two memoirs: The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood (Ecco, 2014)and For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey (Beacon Press, 2013).Blanco’s awards include the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, the PEN Beyond Margins Award, the Paterson Poetry Prize, a Lambda Literary Award, and several honorary doctorates. He is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and the Education Ambassador for the Academy of American Poets.