Richard Blanco http://wlrn.org en Richard Blanco: The Poem Not Taken http://wlrn.org/post/richard-blanco-poem-not-taken <p>Miami-raised poet Richard Blanco had planned to take his partner to President Barack Obama’s second inauguration to sit on the platform as he read the poem he composed for the event.</p><p>He could only have one guest.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">But his partner had another idea, Blanco says.</span></p><p>“He says, ‘It should really be your mom to go with with you. This is so much more about the American Dream story.'”</p><p>So Blanco picked up the phone to call his mother to ask her if she even wanted to go.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 13:50:26 +0000 Kelley Mitchell 24991 at http://wlrn.org Richard Blanco: The Poem Not Taken The Cuban Kitchen: A Mother's Cooking From Miami To Maine http://wlrn.org/post/cuban-kitchen-mothers-cooking-miami-maine <p><em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 22px;"><a href="http://wlrn.org/topic/cuban-kitchen">Cuban cuisine</a> has chewed its way into South Florida's culture. Many an abuela has shared family recipes for ropa vieja and bistec empanizado, through generations. WLRN wants a seat at your table to hear stories, memories or recipes <a href="http://www.wlrn.org/inside-cuban-kitchen">from your kitchen</a>.</span></em></p><p></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</em></p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Alicia Zuckerman 19477 at http://wlrn.org The Cuban Kitchen: A Mother's Cooking From Miami To Maine Poet Richard Blanco Reads Tonight In Miami http://wlrn.org/post/poet-richard-blanco-reads-tonight-miami <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When </span><a href="http://www.richard-blanco.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Richard Blanco</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> got the call that he'd been chosen to write a poem for President Obama's second inauguration, at first he thought it was a prank. He still has no idea how he ended up on the President's radar.</span></p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 11:30:36 +0000 Alicia Zuckerman 9451 at http://wlrn.org Poet Richard Blanco Reads Tonight In Miami Check It Out: What Happens When An Inaugural Poet And A South Florida Painter Make Art Together http://wlrn.org/post/check-it-out-what-happens-when-inaugural-poet-and-south-florida-painter-make-art-together <p>A painter who lives in Miami and teaches at Florida International University has collaborated with inaugural poet <a href="http://www.richard-blanco.com/">Richard Blanco </a>to create paintings based on his poetry.<br><br>Their project, <a href="http://clampart.com/2013/01/place-of-mind-2/"><em>Place of Mind</em></a>, will be exhibited in February in a New York gallery. The pieces were originally exhibited in 2007 at the main branch of the Miami-Dade Public Library.<br> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Marva Hinton 8521 at http://wlrn.org Check It Out: What Happens When An Inaugural Poet And A South Florida Painter Make Art Together Richard Blanco Wrote His Poem For The Inauguration, Now Here's Yours http://wlrn.org/post/richard-blanco-wrote-his-poem-inauguration-now-heres-yours <p>Richard Blanco wasn't the only poet to pen a line for President Barack Obama's second inauguration. Last week, our partners at The Takeaway asked for <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/how-you-can-write-poem-president-0">your help writing a poem</a> for the inauguration.&nbsp;</p><p>Poet Kwame Dawes wrote the first line--"Say 'nation.' In the Wake of quarrels, say 'hope'"--and the audience tweeted the rest of the lines.</p> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 14:00:00 +0000 WLRN Staff 8117 at http://wlrn.org Richard Blanco Wrote His Poem For The Inauguration, Now Here's Yours SLIDESHOW: Painter John Bailly Makes Images With Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco http://wlrn.org/post/slideshow-painter-john-bailly-makes-images-inaugural-poet-richard-blanco <p></p><p>When Richard Blanco read his <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/audio-full-text-richard-blancos-poem-inauguration">inaugural poem, One Today</a>, one of the friends cheering him from afar was South Florida painter John Bailly.</p><p>Bailly and Blanco met nearly 20 years ago and bonded over a shared interest in cultural identity. The conversations between friends led to <a href="http://clampart.com/2013/01/place-of-mind-2/">Place of Mind</a>, a collaboration of paintings and poems that has been on display in South Florida and is now on its way to New York. &nbsp;</p><p>Bailly spoke to WLRN about culture, identity and working with Blanco to create the collection of images.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Sammy Mack 8098 at http://wlrn.org SLIDESHOW: Painter John Bailly Makes Images With Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco Richard Blanco, Inaugural Poet, Lived 'The Quintessential American Experience' http://wlrn.org/post/richard-blanco-inaugural-poet-lived-quintessential-american-experience <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Richard Blanco is home now, back in Miami after a six-year journey that launched the award-winning poet and FIU double-graduate into what was supposed to be the “real America.”</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“The great prodigal return,” he calls it, the irony evident in his voice – not only about the places he’s been, but about the place he’s come back to. The journey has shaped much of Blanco’s recent poetry, and his evolving sense of identity as a writer, as the son of Cuban immigrants and as an American.</span></p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 22:06:00 +0000 Steve Watkins 8084 at http://wlrn.org Richard Blanco, Inaugural Poet, Lived 'The Quintessential American Experience' AUDIO: Full Text Of Richard Blanco's Poem For The Inauguration http://wlrn.org/post/audio-full-text-richard-blancos-poem-inauguration <p></p><p>Richard Blanco's inaugural poem, One Today, may have addressed&nbsp;the whole nation, but the details were full of South Florida.&nbsp;</p><p>A father's hands callused by cutting sugar cane, a mother who taught Blanco to speak Spanish--these are some of the personal details that worked their way into the poem.</p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 18:01:30 +0000 Sammy Mack 8075 at http://wlrn.org AUDIO: Full Text Of Richard Blanco's Poem For The Inauguration Miami Poet Richard Blanco Puts FIU In The Creative Writing Spotlight http://wlrn.org/post/miami-poet-richard-blanco-puts-fiu-creative-writing-spotlight <p>Richard Blanco will likely be Florida International University's most talked-about graduate today.</p><p>The 44-year-old is the youngest, first openly gay and first Hispanic inaugural poet.</p><p>Blanco has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from FIU as well as a Masters of Fine Arts from FIU's creative writing program.</p><p>If it seems like Blanco came out of nowhere, author and Virginia Tech professor Ed Falco begs to differ.</p><p>"Well FIU, first of all," he said, "has one of the best poetry programs in the country."</p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 16:32:06 +0000 Kenny Malone 8069 at http://wlrn.org Miami Poet Richard Blanco Puts FIU In The Creative Writing Spotlight How South Florida Is Spending Inauguration Day, And What People Are Saying http://wlrn.org/post/how-south-florida-spending-inauguration-day-and-what-people-are-saying <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'Museo Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 24px;">As South Florida prepares for a day of dual celebration for Inauguration Day and MLK Day, we are rounding up what is going on in the community, and what people are talking about. &nbsp;There are watch parties all over the place- but we have sent our reporter Chris Di Mattei to the Arsht Center to sit in on the watch party there. &nbsp;Our StateImpact education reporter Sarah Gonzales just happens to be in Washington&nbsp;D.C. Mon, 21 Jan 2013 16:30:37 +0000 Daniel Rivero 8071 at http://wlrn.org How South Florida Is Spending Inauguration Day, And What People Are Saying In D.C. and Delray, 'Poetry' Is The Word On The Street http://wlrn.org/post/dc-and-delray-poetry-word-street <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to Old School Square in Delray Beach, poetry class is in session.</span></p><p>Today, 44-year-old Richard Blanco, the Miami-raised son of Cuban immigrants, becomes the fifth poet ever to take part in a President's inaugural ceremony.&nbsp; Blanco is scheduled to read an original poem after President Obama is sworn in for his second term.</p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Christine DiMattei 7976 at http://wlrn.org In D.C. and Delray, 'Poetry' Is The Word On The Street Why Miami Poet Richard Blanco Embodies Obama’s Winning Coalition http://wlrn.org/post/why-miami-poet-richard-blanco-embodies-obama-s-winning-coalition <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today, Miami poet Richard Blanco will recite the poem he has composed for President Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony.</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 11:30:00 +0000 Arianna Prothero 8043 at http://wlrn.org Why Miami Poet Richard Blanco Embodies Obama’s Winning Coalition VIDEO: Richard Blanco, Inaugural Poet, Speaks To WLRN http://wlrn.org/post/video-richard-blanco-inaugural-poet-speaks-wlrn <p>When Richard Blanco takes the stage Monday at President Barack Obama's second inauguration, the poetry community of South Florida will be paying especially close attention.</p><p>Blanco was born to Cuban parents in Spain. The family immigrated to the United States and settled in Miami when Blanco was a toddler. He trained to be a civil engineer but a class at Florida International University later launched his poetry career.</p><p>Blanco's poetry is full of images from a childhood in South Florida and a Cuban-American household.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 17:34:56 +0000 Sammy Mack 7965 at http://wlrn.org VIDEO: Richard Blanco, Inaugural Poet, Speaks To WLRN