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Getting to the Point with Richard Blanco

Free with Advance Registration​Book Signing​

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Two poets

Thursday, February 27, 2020, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

Presidential inaugural poet Richard Blanco visited the Institute on February 27 for a Getting to the Point discussion on the themes he explored in his recent poetry collection, “How to Love a Country,” and how Americans can find common ground through shared experiences and ideals.

The discussion was moderated by Porsha Olayiwola, Poet Laureate for the City of Boston.

Richard Blanco is the fifth presidential inaugural poet, serving as poet for President Obama’s second inauguration in 2013. He stands as the youngest, first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role. He is the author of four collections of poetry and three memoirs.

Mr. Blanco performed a poetry reading as part of the program and participated in a book signing.

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