CHF 2014: Journeys

Richard Blanco: Portrait of the Poet as a Young Man

A poignant, hilarious, and inspiring memoir from the first Latino and openly gay inaugural poet. Richard Blanco’s The Prince of los Cocuyos explores his coming-of-age as the child of Cuban immigrants in Miami and his attempts to understand his place in America while grappling with his burgeoning artistic and sexual identities.

“Blanco’s contributions to the fields of poetry and the arts have already paved a path forward for future generations of writers.”—President Barack Obama

Speakers and Performers

Richard Blanco

Richard Blanco is one of the most beloved and influential poets and storytellers writing today. As a historic inaugural poet, public speaker, teacher and memoirist, he continues to invite audiences to reconnect to the heart of the human experience and all of its beautiful diversity. His latest book, The Prince of los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood, will be published in September 2014.

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Leaders And Thinkers

Richard Blanco
Official website

Good Reads

Blanco takes on self-imposed role as an evangelist for poetry
'One Today': Full Text of Richard Blanco Inaugural Poem

Online Resources

'Until We Could' Is The Tear-Jerker Poem Celebrating Gay Marriage That Needs To Be Heard [video]
Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco: 'I Finally Felt Like I Was Home'