Richard Blanco Biography, Life, Interesting Facts
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Richard Blanco was born on February 15, 1968. He is an American Poet. He is also a public speaker, an author, and a civil engineer. He is renowned for being the fifth poet to read at United States Presidential Inauguration since he read at Barrack Obama’s second Inauguration. He is currently Fifty years old.
Early Life & Career
Richard Blanco was born Ricardo Blanco on February 15, 1968, in Madrid, Spain. He was brought up in Miami. In 1998, he published ‘City of a Hundred Fires’ which was his first poetry book. In 2005, he published ‘Directions to the Beach of the Dead.’ In 2012, he published ‘Looking for The Gulf Motel’ which was his third poetry book.
In 2013, he alongside his family moved to New York City. He later studied at Wesleyan University, Georgetown University, American University, Central Connecticut State University and Writers Center. He is currently Macondo Writer’s Workshop member. He later wrote the poem ‘Queer Theory, According to My Grandmother.’ His other works appeared in Indiana Review New England review, Tri-Quarterly Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Americas Review, and The Nation.
In 2013, Richard Blanco was selected as the inaugural poet in the second inauguration of Barrack Obama. He read his poem ‘One Today.’ He later published ‘Fall All of Us, One Today.’ He also wrote the poems ‘Mother Country’ and ‘What We Know of Country.’ He also performed in Boston Strong Benefit Concert, reopening of United States Embassy in Cuba, Freedom to Mary, the Tech Awards of Silicon Valley and Fragrance Awards. In 2014, he published ‘The Prince of Los Cocuyos.’ In 2019, His fourth poetry book ‘How to Love a Country’ will be published.
Awards and Achievements
In 1999, Richard Blanco received the Florida Individual Artist Fellowship. In 2013, he won the Paterson Poetry Prize. In 2014, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from University of Rhode Island, Colby College, and Macalester College. He also received an Honorary Degree from the Maine College of Art. In 2015, he was awarded the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Memoir and Maine Literary Award for Memoir following his work ‘The Prince of Los Cacuyos.’
Richard Blanco is gay. He lives with his partner in Bethel, Maine. He is currently Fifty years of age.