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For Vermont Students: Poetry Reflections with Richard Blanco

Hybrid Event
April 7, 2023: 11:30 am

In this free live-streamed presentation for Vermont middle and high school students, poet Richard Blanco reads from and discusses his work.

Selected by President Obama as the fifth inaugural poet in US history, Blanco is the first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role. Born in Madrid to Cuban exile parents and raised in Miami, the negotiation of cultural identity characterizes his four collections of poetry.

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Please note: the in-person event is limited to Hartford High School students, but the live stream is open to all Vermont middle and high school students.

About Richard Blanco

Image of Richard BlancoRichard Blanco’s collections of poetry include How To Love a Country; City of a Hundred Fires, which received the Agnes Starrett Poetry Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press; Directions to The Beach of the Dead, recipient of the Beyond Margins Award from the PEN American Center; and Looking for The Gulf Motel, recipient of the Paterson Poetry Prize and the Thom Gunn Award. He has also authored the memoirs For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey and The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood, winner of a Lambda Literary Award. His poem for President Obama’s second inauguration, “One Today,” was published as a children’s book, in collaboration with renowned illustrator Dav Pilkey.

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April 7, 2023
11:30 am
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Hartford High School
37 Highland Ave
White River Junction, 05001


Jacob Pelletier