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Poet Richard Blanco
April 23, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The spring Richard Blanco series reader is…(wait for it)… Richard Blanco. This reading is in celebration of his new book, How to Love a Country.
The Richard Blanco Visiting Writers Program and Retreat—a collaboration between Richard Blanco and Gould Academy—celebrates living writers and builds appreciation for contemporary work.
While on campus, visiting writers work with Gould students and faculty through classroom visits and workshops, giving them the opportunity to connect with and learn from a living artist. Writers are provided an honorarium and a two-week stay in Blanco’s private Bethel, Maine, guest house.
“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.
The Richard Blanco Series bring two writers to campus each year. Looking ahead, Martin Espada is the reader for Fall 2019. He will visit campus on Tuesday, September 24.