In January of 2013, Richard Blanco became the first immigrant, Latino, openly gay, and youngest poet ever to read at a presidential inauguration. His poem “One Today,” recited at President Barack Obama’s second inaguration, captivated audiences across the country. A civil engineer, Blanco proudly proclaims that he was “made in Cuba, assembled in Spain, and imported to the United States.” His acclaimed poems explore the yearnings and negotiation of cultural identity as a Cuban American. In 2012, Blanco released his third collection of poetry, Looking for the Gulf Motel, which book critic Rigoberto Gonzalez described as “bittersweet songs that ache with the ‘sweet and slow honey of a bolero.’ “

You won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear Blanco read his poetry in person and talk about his fascinating life.

Join us from 5:40-6:15pm for an exciting pre-lecture book signing in the Museum’s Main Bookstore and Shop.

To order tickets by phone, call 1-800-440-6975; to order in person, visit any MFA ticket desk.
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