Please note that due to current CDC social distancing guidelines, all available seats in Horchow Auditorium have been sold; however, virtual tickets are still available for this event.
Selected by President Obama as the fifth inaugural poet in US history, Richard Blanco joins the ranks of such luminaries as Robert Frost and Maya Angelou, and is the first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role. Blanco was born in Madrid to Cuban exile parents and raised in Miami, and the negotiation of cultural identity characterizes his award-winning poetry.
His latest book of poems, How to Love a Country, both interrogates the American narrative, past and present, and celebrates the still unkept promise of its ideals. In celebration of the DMA’s exhibition My|gration, Blanco will read a specially commissioned poem inspired by works of art in the DMA's collection, as well as share a selection of his poems that narrate his own immigrant story and the complex navigation of identity, community, and belonging.
Blanco is the author of two memoirs, and his inaugural poem, “One Today,” was published as a children’s book, in collaboration with illustrator Dav Pilkey. Boundaries, a collaboration with photographer Jacob Hessler, challenges the physical and psychological dividing lines that shadow the United States. A builder of poems as well as of cities, Blanco has degrees in civil engineering and creative writing. He serves as the first Education Ambassador for the Academy of American Poets.
“Blanco’s contributions to the fields of poetry and the arts have already paved a path forward for future generations of writers. . . . Our Nation was built on the freedom of expression, and poetry has long played an important role in telling the story of our Union and illuminating the experiences that unite all people.” —President Barack Obama
See the exhibition that served as inspiration for Blanco’s commissioned poem. Explore on your own works of art themed around migration in the exhibition My|gration in the DMA’s Center for Creative Connections. (The formerly scheduled exhibition tour with Dr. Emily Schiller, Head of Interpretation at the DMA, has been canceled.)
Due to the ongoing pandemic, please note that the DMA will continue to follow COVID-19 health and safety protocols and policies in accordance with public health guidelines and/or government requirements. These may include changes to masking and social distancing requirements and capacity limitations. As protocols are subject to shift between now and your pre-arranged visit to the DMA, we understand that you may wish to change your plans. We will honor refund requests for this event if made at least 48 hours in advance. Thank you for your understanding and consideration.
DMA Member/Educator/Friends of the Latino Cultural Center/Student: $10
Public with book: $32
DMA Member/Educator/Friends of the Latino Cultural Center/Student with book: $30