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Inaugural poet to speak at Deltona Regional Library July 2
posted Jun 16, 2014 - 1:43:06pm
Inaugural poet Richard Blanco will discuss his poetry and memoir at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, at the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave.
Blanco has written several collections of poetry including City of a Hundred Fires, Directions to the Beach of the Dead and Looking for the Gulf Motel, as well as the memoir For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey. His forthcoming
memoir The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood will be published in September.
In 2013, Blanco was chosen to serve as the fifth inaugural poet of the United States, becoming the youngest, first immigrant, first Latino, and first openly gay writer to hold the honor. He read his poem, “One Today,” an original composition penned for the occasion, at President
Barack Obama’s second inauguration ceremony at the U.S. Capitol.
After the Boston Marathon bombings, he wrote the poem “Boston Strong” and performed it at the Boston Strong Concert at TD Garden and at a Boston Red Sox game in Fenway Park.
Blanco’s appearance at the Deltona Regional Library is made possible by the Atlantic Center for the Arts' Master Artists-in-Residence Program. For more information about the center, visit
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