Author and Poet Richard Hoffman to Visit Gould
Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco to introduce Hoffman during free public reading
on Friday, Oct. 9
Bethel, Maine (September 15, 2015) – Gould Academy will kick off a third year of its Richard Blanco Visiting Writers and Retreat Program – a partnership between the school and local award-winning inaugural poet Richard Blanco – and welcome in the program’s first visiting writer of the year, author and poet Richard Hoffman on Friday, October 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Gould’s Bingham Auditorium.
Blanco will welcome the program’s first visiting writer of the season with a short introduction; both Blanco and Hoffman will be available for questions at the book signing and event reception in the nearby IDEAS Center following Hoffman’s talk.
Richard Hoffman is author of the Half the House: A Memoir, and the poetry collections, Without Paradise, Gold Star Road, winner of the 2006 Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize and the 2008 Sheila Motton Award from the New England Poetry Club, and Emblem.
While taking part in the Richard Blanco Visiting Writers Program and Retreat, Hoffman will work with English Department students and faculty, and present to the greater community during a free reading.
Rather than viewing writing as a celebrated art from the past, the Richard Blanco Visiting Writers Program and Retreat aims to engage students with contemporary writers, helping to create new generations of readers, writers,m and appreciators of poetry. Visiting writers are also provided with a two-week stay in Blanco’s Bethel, Maine cottage.
Last December, Blanco himself read to the Gould community from his newest book and memoir, The Prince of los Cocuyos. His visit and performance were later followed by award-winning slam poet Rachel McKibbens, who came to Gould in March.
Gould Academy and Blanco also hosted longlist National Book Award nominee and poet Spencer Reece during the program’s first year.
Through public readings and events like Blanco’s, Hoffman’s, McKibben’s, and Reece’s, the Richard Blanco Visiting Writers Program and Retreat aims to connect the larger community and region with great contemporary writers.
Hoffman’s public talk takes place in Gould Academy’s Bingham Auditorium on Friday, October 9 at 7:30 p.m. A reception will follow. For more information on the Richard Blanco Visiting Writers Program and Retreat, visit gouldacademy.org.
About Richard Hoffman: Richard Hoffman is author of the Half the House: A Memoir, and the poetry collections, Without Paradise, Gold Star Road, winner of the 2006 Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize and the 2008 Sheila Motton Award from the New England Poetry Club, and Emblem. A fiction writer as well, his Interference & Other Stories was published in 2009. His new memoir, Love & Fury, is just out from Beacon Press. He is Senior Writer in Residence at Emerson College.
About Richard Blanco: Richard Blanco is the fifth inaugural poet in U.S. history—the youngest, 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. He is the author of the memoirs The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood and For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey; the poetry chapbooks Matters of the Sea, One Today, and Boston Strong; the poetry collections Looking for the Gulf Motel, Directions to the Beach of the Dead, and City of a Hundred Fires; and a children’s book of his inaugural poem, “One Today,” illustrated by Dav Pilkey. Blanco shares his time between Bethel, Maine and Boston, Massachusetts.
About Gould Academy: Gould Academy is a small, coed, independent boarding school, located at the eastern edge of the White Mountains in Bethel, Maine, whose mission is to prepare academically motivated students for college and help them to become independent-minded, ethical citizens who will lead lives of purpose, action, excellence, and compassion in a dynamic world. More at gouldacademy.org