Richard Blanco is an American poet, public speaker, author, and civil engineer.
Recent episodes featuring Richard Blanco
Richard Blanco — How to Love a Country
As a longtime civil engineer by day and a poet by night, Cuban American writer Richard Blanco has straddled the many ways a sense of place merges with human emotion to form the meaning of home and belonging. In 2013, he became the fifth poet to read at a presidential inauguration (he was also the youngest and the first immigrant). The thoughtfulness, elegance, and humor of Blanco’s poetry and his person captivated the crowd for this live conversation at the Chautauqua Institution. Richard Blanco practiced civil engineering for more than 20 years. He is now an associate professor of creative writing at his alma mater, Florida International University. His books of non-fiction and poetry include “Looking for the Gulf Motel” and, most recently, “How to Love a Country.”Find the transcript for this show at onbeing.org.
[Unedited] Richard Blanco with Krista Tippett
As a longtime civil engineer by day and a poet by night, Cuban American writer Richard Blanco has straddled the many ways a sense of place merges with human emotion to form the meaning of home and belonging. In 2013, he became the fifth poet to read at a presidential inauguration (he was also the youngest and the first immigrant). The thoughtfulness, elegance, and humor of Blanco’s poetry and his person captivated the crowd for this live conversation at the Chautauqua Institution. Richard Blanco practiced civil engineering for more than 20 years. He is now an associate professor of creative writing at his alma mater, Florida International University. His books of non-fiction and poetry include “Looking for the Gulf Motel” and, most recently, “How to Love a Country.”Find the transcript for this show at onbeing.org. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Richard Blanco — How to Love a Country." Find more at onbeing.org.
Author & poet Irene O'Garden IN CONVERSATION with poet laureate Richard Blanco
Acclaimed author and poet Irene O'Garden is IN CONVERSATION with poet laurate Richard Blanco as part of the Authors on the Air continuing support of the Miami Book Fair. ABOUT RICHARD BLANCO:  President Barack Obama selected Blanco in 2012 to serve as the fifth presidential inaugural poet in U.S. history, following in the footsteps of such luminary poets as Robert Frost and Maya Angelou. The youngest, first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role, Blanco read “One Today,” an original poem he wrote for the occasion, at Obama’s inauguration ceremony on January 21, 2013. A children’s book of his presidential inaugural poem, One Today, in collaboration with renowned illustrator Dav Pilkey, was released in 2015. In his first prose publication, For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey (2013), Blanco shared the emotional details of his experiences as presidential inaugural poet and reflected on his understanding of what it means to be an American. ABOUT IRENE:  IRENE O’GARDEN has won or been nominated for prizes in nearly every writing category from stage to e-screen, hardcovers, children’s books as well as literary magazines and anthologies.   Part of the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network in support of the 2019 Miami Book Fair.
Episode 008 - Richard Blanco
Richard Blanco discusses writing his memoir, The Prince of Los Cocuyos, what it's like to have the president's ear and why people who say they don't like poetry might be mistaken.
Richard Blanco: The Prince of Los Cocuyos
Inaugural poet, Richard Blanco, made waves at President Obama’s second inauguration with his poem, One Today. He was the first immigrant, first Latino, the youngest and the first openly gay poet at the podium. He recently published his memoir, The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood. He talks about growing up in a suburb of Miami with his exile parents while navigating his own many identities. The stories are delightfully written, especially meeting the cast of characters at his grocery store job at El Cocuyo. In the wake of President Obama’s announcement to end the Cuban embargo, I talked to Richard Blanco about his memoir, his thoughts on “both sides of the 90 miles” (between Miami and Cuba), and his experience as an inaugural poet. For KBOO’s arts program, Stage & Studio, he joined me by phone from his Miami home during the Christmas holidays. Check out the podcast! Air date: 3/31/2015: https://sarikadmehta.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/sns_richardblanco_podcast.mp3
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Birthdate
Feb 15th, 1968
Episode Count
5
Podcast Count
4
Total Airtime
3 hours, 45 minutes