Obama taps Latino poet for inauguration

Obama taps Latino poet for inauguration

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#1 Jan 12, 2013
Obama taps Latino poet for inauguration

http://www.topix.com/forum/arts/poetry/TOJ1H4...

Richard Blanco, the poet who likes to describe himself as being made in Cuba, assembled in Spain and imported to the United States, will serve as the inaugural poet when President Barack Obama takes the oath of office for a second term this month.

“Maker of poetry, art & music”

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#4 Jan 12, 2013
Say what wrote:
Say what? No Maya Angelouuuuuuuuuuuuu? From Eat-ton-ton Gore-juh.
No, a bit of a different agenda for the second term:

Richard Blanco (born Madrid, Spain, February 15, 1968) is an American poet and teacher. He is scheduled to be the 2013 inaugural poet.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Blanco

Blanco immigrated to Miami with his Cuban exile family and was raised and educated there. He earned a B.S. from Florida International University in Civil Engineering in 1991 and his Master in Fine Arts in Creative Writing in 1997, where he studied with Campbell McGrath.

Since 1999, he traveled and lived in Guatemala and Brazil. He taught at Georgetown University, American University, and Central Connecticut State University.[1][2]

He explored his Cuban heritage in his early works and his role as a gay man in Cuban-American culture in Looking for the Gulf Motel (2012). He explained: "It's trying to understand how I fit between negotiating the world, between being mainstream gay and being Cuban gay."[3]

His work has appeared in The Nation, Ploughshares,[4] Indiana Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, TriQuarterly Review, New England Review, and Americas Review. Blanco is part of the online Letras Latinas Oral History Project archives.

On January 8, 2013, he was named the inaugural poet for Barack Obama's second inauguration, the fifth person to play that role. He is the first immigrant, first Latino, and first gay person to be inaugural poet.[5] He is also the youngest.[6]

He lives in Bethel, Maine with his partner.[3] In the poem "Queer Theory, According to My Grandmother," he described how his grandmother warned him as a young boy: "For Godís sake, never pee sitting down.../Iíve seen you" and "Don't stare at The Six-Million-Dollar Man./Iíve seen you." and "Never dance alone in your room."[7]

When asked in a May 7, 2012 interview with La Bloga whether he considered himself a Cuban writer or simply a writer, Blanco responded: "I am a writer who happens to be Cuban, but I reserve the right to write about anything I want, not just my cultural identity. Aesthetically and politically, I don't exclusively align myself with any one particular groupóLatino, Cuban, gay, or 'white'óbut I embrace them all. Good writing is good writing. I like what I like.

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#6 Jan 13, 2013
___Lorri___ wrote:
I don't think a poet at an inauguration defines a presidential agenda for the second term.
The lack of addressing the unemployment faced by millions of young people and this new war on guns by the Obama administration does.
I was speaking more aesthetically than politically on this aspect.

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#9 Jan 20, 2013
I read a good interview with Blanco recently, I'll post it here later when I find the link again.

Obama taps Latino poet for inauguration

http://www.topix.com/forum/arts/poetry/TOJ1H4...

Richard Blanco, the poet who likes to describe himself as being made in Cuba, assembled in Spain and imported to the United States, will serve as the inaugural poet when President Barack Obama takes the oath of office for a second term this month.

--
Music & poetry from Will Dockery & The Shadowville All-Stars:
http://www.reverbnation.com/willdockery

“Maker of poetry, art & music”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#10 Jan 20, 2013
Interview with Richard Blanco

To the People
Richard Blanco on being chosen as the nationís fifth inaugural poet.

By Ruth Graham

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/article/24531...

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