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2:06 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco

During the President’s inauguration ceremony on Monday, Richard Blanco delivered a poem written especially for this occasion.  At age 44, he is not only the youngest, but the first Latino and openly gay poet to have this honor. 

In September 2012, Blanco visited UMKC as one of the Bernardin-Haskell speakers for National Hispanic Heritage Month with the Latino Studies Program. He was recorded at Language Resource Center by New Letters on the Air. (For more on this visit, check the Letra Latinas blog).

Richard Blanco, reading the poem 'Looking for the Gulf Motel' from the 2012 book with the same title.

Poet Richard Blanco wrote and read the poem "One Today" in honor of President Obama’s inauguration.

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