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Public Poet - Richard Blanco

In 2013, at his second Presidential Inauguration, Barack Obama chose Richard Blanco to read a celebratory poem called One Today. He was the first gay person, and the first Cuban-American ever to do so. For that reason, Blanco was also the obvious choice to read poetry at the recent re-opening of the U.S. Embassy in Havana. He speaks with Paul Kennedy at the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival, in Montreal.
US President Barack Obama listens to Richard Blanco read a poem during the 57th Presidential Inauguration ceremonial swearing-in at the US Capitol on January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

In 2013, at his second Presidential Inauguration, Barack Obama chose Richard Blanco to read a celebratory poem called One Today. He was the first gay person, and the first Cuban-American ever to do so. For that reason, Blanco was also the obvious choice to read poetry at the recent re-opening of the U.S. Embassy in Havana. He speaks with Paul Kennedy at the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival, in Montreal. **This episode originally aired June 14, 2016.


Richard Blanco on President Obama's reaction to the Inaugural Poem "One Today" 0:56



 


Books by Richard Blanco:

  • City of a Hundred Fires (1998)
     
  • Directions to the Beach of the Dead (2005)
     
  • Looking for the Gulf Motel (2012)
     
  • One Today (2013)
     
  • For All of Us, One Today (2013)
     
  • Boston Strong (2013)
     
  • The Prince of Los Cocuyos (2014)
     
  • Matters of the Sea (2016)


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