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Poetry for the People: A Talk by Historic Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco

Modified: June 19, 2014

Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Time: 4:00 – 5:30 PM, with a reception to follow
The first 100 attendees will receive a free signed copy of Blanco’s new book, “For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey.”
Harris Hall, 1881 Sheridan Road, Evanston, Room 107

What is the role of poetry in public life? In what ways does poetry promote unity and lead to greater understanding among people? How can poetry further humanitarian efforts and justice? Inaugural poet Richard Blanco will address these questions and more during a talk hosted by the Society of Presidential Fellows.

Register to attend at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/blanco

Richard Blanco is one of the most beloved and influential poets and storytellers writing today. In 2013, Blanco performed his poem One Today at the inauguration of President Barack Obama, following in the footsteps of such American literary icons as Robert Frost and Maya Angelou. He is also the youngest, first Latino, immigrant and openly gay writer to hold the honor. Just as Carl Sagan brought cosmology into our living rooms, Blanco is appealing to audiences everywhere and inspiring a new way to think and feel about poetry, making it an accessible, inclusive and transformative part of our everyday lives. Through the power of his words and presence, Blanco taps into our unspoken dreams, hopes and frustrations.

Richard Blanco was born in Madrid in 1968, immigrating as an infant with his Cuban-exile family to the United States. He was raised and educated in Miami, earning a B.S. in civil engineering and a M.F.A. in creative writing from Florida International University. An award-winning writer of several books of poetry, including City of a Hundred Fires, Blanco has also published in countless literary journals and anthologies, including Best American Prose Poems and Ploughshares. Through the power of his words and presence, Blanco taps into our unspoken dreams, hopes and frustrations. As a historic inaugural poet, public speaker, teacher and memoirist, he continues to travel the world, inviting audiences to reconnect to the heart of the human experience and all of its beautiful diversity.

Watch Blanco’s readings of poetry and interviews here: http://richard-blanco.com/media/videos/

Presented by The Graduate School and Society of Presidential Fellows and The Department of English. Additional support provided by The Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, The Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies, The Center for Writing Arts, Department of Art History, The Nicholas D. Chabraja Center for Historical Studies, Program in Comparative Literary Studies, Hispanic/Latino Student Affairs, and Latina and Latino Studies Program.