The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the William Penn Charter School is proud to present an evening of poetry with Richard Blanco on Feb. 14, 2019.

Blanco followed in the footsteps of Robert Frost and Maya Angelou when he was selected by President Obama to be the fifth inaugural poet in U.S. history. He is the youngest, first Latino, first immigrant, and first openly gay person to serve in the role. Blanco and his family arrived in Miami as exiles from Cuba through Madrid, where he was born. The negotiation of cultural identity and universal themes of place and belonging characterize his three collections of poetry. His poems have also appeared in The Best American Poetry and Great American Prose Poems series.

Blanco is a fellow of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, a recipient of two Florida Artist Fellowships, and a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. A builder of cities as well as poems, he is also a professional civil engineer and lives in Bethel, Maine, and Miami, Fla. He currently serves as the education ambassador for the American Academy of Poets.

Richard Blanco will be available to sign books after the event. If you are interested in purchasing his books, please visit his website.


7-8:30 pm
Gummere Library