Digital Programs

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Poet Richard Blanco: “How to Love a Country”

Richard Blanco reads from his recent poetry collection ”How to Love a Country,” as well as other poems that explore immigration, gun violence, racism, the LGBTQ experience, and more.

This video is no longer available. As per our agreement with Richard Blanco, we removed the video of his talk in early May 2020.
Thanks to Crossroads Academy, Husky Injection Molding Systems, Leonine Public Affairs, and the Northshire Bookstore for helping to underwrite these digital-only events! And thanks as well to our other First Wednesdays sponsors and hosts, including the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. And thanks to Bear Pond Books for joining us in this event.


  1. Sherri alper

    PLEASE can I be in Richards workshop? Even if I can just audit it and not say a word.

  2. Craig Line

    Oh! my goodness!!! I was moved to tears, which has never happened in any other poetry reading I have “attended”…
    Thank you, Richard!

    • Ryan Newswanger

      Thank you, Craig!

  3. Sarah

    Thank you.

  4. Linda

    What an honour to hear the resonant voice of Richard Branco speak the powerful words and lines of his own genius. I was moved by both rhythm and levels of meaning both personal and global. I thank all who made this experience possible.

    • Ryan Newswanger

      Thank you, Linda: we were honored as well to welcome Richard to our digital programs!

  5. Charles butterfield

    Such a welcoming voice, and so well modulated and articulated. I could almost see the arrangement of his words on the page he was reading from. The substance of the poems was never lost, though the poems reached out to related subjects because of the repeating of key phrases and the artful pauses. A great experience.

  6. Susan Tenney

    Thank you for having Richard create this beautiful presentation…His volume, a much beloved book in my library. But to see and hear his exquisite delivery of his poems, a balm for my heart and conscience during these difficult times…


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