Richard Blanco

Richard Blanco (b. Spain, Feb. 15, 1968) is an American poet and teacher. On Jan. 8, 2013, it was announced he would serve as the inaugural poet for Barack Obama’s second inauguration. He is the first immigrant, first Latino and first gay person to be inaugural poet.

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Pablo Martinez Monsivais, APIn this Jan. 21, 2013 file photo, poet Richard Blanco speaks at the U.S. Capitol in Washington during the inauguration for President Barack Obama, left, and Vice President Joe Biden right.

For inaugural poet Richard Blanco, a journey home to America

Friday, November 29, 2013
MIAMI -- The Miami neighborhood where inaugural poet Richard Blanco grew up, in many ways, resembles Cuba his family left behind. Down the street, a man sells avocados from a small table. His favorite bakery, a few blocks north, serves guava pastries and cafe con leche. [ Read more → ]

Watch: Richard Blanco delivers poem ‘One Today’ at Obama’s inauguration

Monday, January 21, 2013
Poet Richard Blanco delivers his an inaugural poem "One Today" on Monday at President Barack Obama's second term inauguration. In addition to being the youngest ever inaugural poet, Blanco, 44, is the first Hispanic and the first openly gay person to serve in the role.... [ Read more → ]
President Barack Obama greets poet Richard Blanco on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, after Blanco's reading at the president's ceremonial swearing-in ceremony during the 57th Presidential Inauguration. (AP Photo/Win McNamee, Pool)

Out inaugural poet Richard Blanco pays homage to American experience

Monday, January 21, 2013
WASHINGTON — Poet Richard Blanco has delivered an inaugural poem paying homage to the American experience. Blanco, at age 44 the youngest ever inaugural poet, recited a poem that painted vivid scenes about America and included reflections on his experience growing up as Cuban exile... [ Read more → ]
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Openly gay, Latino poet selected to read original poem at Obama’s inauguration

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The Presidential Inaugural Committee announced Wednesday that openly gay poet Richard Blanco will be one of five people selected to read an original poem at a President Barack Obama's second-term inauguration. Blanco, 44, will be the first Latino, first gay man, and youngest person to serve the role. [ Read more → ]
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