Poet Rachel McKibbens to Perform at Gould on April 23

April 14, 2015

Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco to introduce Ms. McKibbens on behalf of The Richard Blanco Visiting Writers Series and Retreat

Photo courtesy of Rachel McKibbens.

Photo courtesy of Rachel McKibbens.

Bethel, Maine (April 14, 2015) – In celebration of National Poetry Month, Gould Academy will welcome award-winning poet Rachel McKibbens and Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco to its Marlon Family IDEAS Center in Hanscom Hall on Thursday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m., for a free public reading by Ms. McKibbens.

Poet, activist, playwright, and essayist, Ms. McKibbens is a New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellow and author of the critically acclaimed volume of poetry, Pink Elephant (Cypher Books, 2009).

Her appearance, which is part of The Richard Blanco Visiting Writers Series and Retreata collaboration between Richard Blanco and Gould Academy — continues the program’s mission to celebrate living writers and build appreciation for contemporary work.

Mr. Blanco will introduce Ms. McKibbens at the Thursday night event, as well has host her at his Bethel, Maine cottage for two weeks, during which time she will receive an honorarium for working with Gould students and faculty.

“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, visit richard-blanco.com. 



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