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April 16, 2014
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Library - Auditorium
45 Green Street
Concord, NH 03301

Richard Blanco
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High School Student Poetry Workshop

Wednesday, April 16

Richard Blanco, poet at the second inauguration of President Barack Obama, will host a writing workshop for high school students from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Concord Public Library.

High school students are encouraged, but not required, to register for the workshop at, as seating is limited. 
Copies of Blanco’s work will be available for sale and signing, thanks to Gibson’s Bookstore.

This event is sponsored by the Concord Public Library Foundation in conjunction with the Concord Public Library and its celebration of National Library Week with the theme, “Lives change @ your library.”

For questions, contact committee chair Patti Baum,, or George Geers, 785-4811 or

Richard Blanco was born in 1968 Madrid, immigrating as an infant with his Cuban-exile family to Florida. He earned a degree in civil engineering and a M.F.A. in creative writing from Florida International University. Blanco has been a practicing engineer, writer and poet since 1991. He currently resides in Bethel, Maine.

In 2013, Blanco was chosen to serve as the fifth inaugural poet of the United States, following in the footsteps of Robert Frost and Maya Angelou. He performed “One Today,” written for the occasion, and became the youngest, first Latino, immigrant and openly gay writer to hold the honor.

Blanco has received numerous honors for his work, including an honorary doctorate from Macalester College. His first book, City of a Hundred Fires received the prestigious Agnes Starrett Poetry Prize. His second book, Directions to the Beach of the Dead won the PEN / American Beyond Margins Award. His third book, Looking for The Gulf Motel received various accolades, including the Tom Gunn Award, the Maine Literary Award and the Paterson Prize. His poems have appeared in countless literary journals and anthologies, including Best American Prose Poems and Ploughshares.

In the Auditorium.

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