Poet Richard Blanco Discusses Cultural Identity at BCC [Berkshire on Stage]

May 4th, 2016, 1:00 pm by Sara
Richard Blanco, American poet

Richard Blanco, American poet

What might sound like a routine poetry reading and discussion promises to be much more as Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield hands the microphone to critically acclaimed poet and author Richard Blanco. Both the speaker and the topic have great relevance in this tormented election year: “Becoming an American: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey.”

Did you know that Blanco is the fifth inaugural poet in U.S. history? As such he is also the youngest, the first Latino, immigrant and gay person to serve in such a role. Born in Madrid to Cuban exiled parents and raised in Miami, the negotiation of cultural identity and place characterize his body of work. Yet its language is one we all speak.

Whether speaking as the Cuban Blanco or the American Richard; the homebody or the world traveler; the scared boy or the openly gay man; the engineer or the inaugural poet; Blanco’s writings possess a story-rich quality that easily illuminates the human spirit.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

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