Richard Blanco, the First Hispanic Inaugural Poet
Richard Blanco – the first Hispanic, the first openly gay person, and the youngest person to be the U.S. inaugural poet. He was the inaugural poet for President Barack Obama’s second inauguration. For a brief seven minutes in January 2013, Blanco was center stage before a national TV, radio, and online audience of 20 million – and countless more worldwide – when he recited his poem “One Today.”
Born in Madrid, Spain, in 1968, to Cuban parents who fled the Castro regime. Raised and educated in Miami.
I’ve written before about Richard Blanco on babalublog. There is not much known about him until he became the U.S. inaugural poet. About his past, there are more questions than answers.
There is not a lot written about his background. Until Gregg Barrios – a writer and critic in San Antonio, Texas -- did an exhaustive interview with Blanco.
To read or listen to the interview, click on http://lareviewofbooks.org/interview/conversation-richard-blanco-one-today-one-year-later