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Richard Blanco reading poetry
Richard Blanco reading poetry


In 1997 Jean Webster, a poet and Lincoln Arts Festival board member established a poetry program in the region. The first year poets from New York presented a program. Their leadership created an enthusiasm among local people who write poetry, and over the years the poetry workshop has continued to thrive.
Plans for the summer of 2018 are underway. Richard Blanco presented a workshop and a reading in September 2017.
After the re-election of President Barack Obama, Blanco was chosen to serve as the fifth inaugural poet of the United States, following in the footsteps of such great writers as Robert Frost and Maya Angelou. Blanco wrote "One Today", an original poem for the occasion, which he read at Obama's inauguration ceremony at the Capitol on January 21, 2013. That day confirmed him as an historical figure: the first Latino, immigrant and gay writer bestowed with such an honor, as well as the youngest ever, at the age of 44. 
Blanco continues connecting communities through the art of his occasional poetry. To help heal the emotional wounds of the Boston Marathon bombings, Richard wrote "Boston Strong", a poem he performed at the TD Boston Garden Benefit Concert and at a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park. He has also written and performed occasional poems for organizations and events such as the re-opening of the U.S. Embassy in Cuba, Freedom to Marry, the Tech Awards of Silicon Valley and the Fragrance Awards at Lincoln Center. 


His captivating images and accessible narratives invite readers and audiences to see themselves in his poems, which for him are like mirrors in front of which we stand side by side with him -- each of us gazing into our respective lives blurred together with his, connecting us all across social, political and cultural gaps. For in the end, his work asks himself those universal questions we all ask ourselves on our own journeys: Where am I from? Where do I belong? Who am I in this world?
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