Richard Blanco with Juan Alonso-Rodriquez
Cuban American poet Richard Blanco who was selected by Barack Obama as his second Inaugural poet, reads from How to Love a Country: Poems (Beacon Press), a new collection of his work, and appears in conversation with the Seattle Arts Commissioner and artist Juan Alonso-Rodriquez tonight. Richard Blanco, the second Inaugural poet for President Barack Obama, also appeared in Seattle in 2013 when his book, For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey was selected by Seattle Public Library for Seattle Reads. He is a professional civil engineer and currently serves as the Education Ambassador for the American Academy of Poets.
“Generous and deeply felt, the long prose poems in this moving new collection from presidential inaugural poet Blanco (after Looking for the Gulf Motel) help us understand what it means to cross a border. But, more universally, Blanco shows us how the struggle for identity and the need to lay claim to a place in the world can't be separated, especially today.” - Library Journal.
Juan Alonso-Rodriquez is an esteemed Seattle artist and serves on the Seattle Arts Commission.