Inaugural poet Richard Blanco to speak at Durham Tech, Carolina Theatre
Richard Blanco, the youngest, first Latino and openly gay poet to read at a presidential inauguration, will speak Saturday and Sunday in Durham.
Blanco, a Cuban-American, was selected by President Obama to be the fifth inaugural poet in history and read his piece, “One Today.”
“We head home: through the gloss of rain or weight
of snow, or the plum blush of dusk, but always, always -- home,
always under one sky, our sky.”
He has authored three award-winning collections, which explore cultural identity and homecoming: “City of a Hundred Fires,” “Directions to The Beach of the Dead” and “Looking for The Gulf Motel.”
Blanco holds a bachelor’s of science in civil engineering and a master’s in fine arts in creative writing from Florida International University. He currently lives in Bethel, Maine.
Blanco will be at Durham Tech on Saturday. From 1 to 2:30 p.m., he will offer a craft talk in the auditorium of the Educational Resources Center. From 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., there will be a reception in the Durham Tech Library, main floor of the Educational Resources Center on Durham Tech’s Main Campus, 1637 E. Lawson St.
Blanco will autograph copies of his books, which will be for sale at the event.
Space will be limited. Please reserve seats by emailing Carver Weaver, Durham Tech director of marketing and communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blanco on Sunday will be at the Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St., at 7:30 p.m. for a poetry reading.
The show is free and open to the public and presented by the Durham County Library and Durham Tech.