Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco Reading at Gould Academy, December 11
Reading and book signing to celebrate and kick off a second year of the poet and school’s collaboration–The Richard Blanco Visiting Writers Program and Retreat
Bethel, Maine (November 10, 2014)–Gould Academy will welcome inaugural poet Richard Blanco to its Bingham Hall auditorium on December 11, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., for a special reading from Mr. Blanco’s highly acclaimed new book and memoir, The Prince of Los Cocuyos (2014).
Part of The Richard Blanco Visiting Writers Program and Retreat––a collaboration between Mr. Blanco and Gould Academy––Mr. Blanco’s reading continues the program’s mission, which aims to celebrate living writers and build appreciation for contemporary work.
Established by Mr. Blanco and Gould Academy in February 2014, the program invites writers to stay at Mr. Blanco’s cottage in Bethel, Maine for two weeks and receive an honorarium for working with Gould Academy students and faculty through classroom visits and workshops. Visiting writers also contribute to the larger community and region through scheduled readings and events.
In March, Mr. Blanco and Gould Academy welcomed longlist National Book Award nominee and poet Spencer Reece, and later this spring the school will host poet Rachel McKibbens, author of the collections Into the Dark and Emptying Field (2013) and Pink Elephant (2009).
“Part of what I learned over the process of being the inaugural poet was that we as a country need to continue to create new generations of readers and appreciators of poetry,” Blanco says. “Through contact with contemporary work and contemporary authors, my hope is that students at Gould Academy can develop that appreciation and understand that poetry, just like any art, is still vibrant and alive today – one that can teach us about ourselves and about the world.”
For more information on Richard Blanco’s Gould Academy reading on December 11 or on The Richard Blanco Visiting Writers Program and Retreat, visit gouldacademy.org or contact Darcy Lambert at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-824-7778.
For more information on Richard Blanco and The Prince of Los Cocuyos, visit richard-blanco.com.