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The Cuban Connection


The Prince of Los CocuyosRichard Blanco is the first immigrant, the first Latino, the first openly gay person and the youngest person to be the U.S. inaugural poet. He was selected as the 2013 inaugural poet by President Barack Obama.  His poems explore themes of Latino identity and place. In his latest memoir, The Prince of Los Cocuyos, Blanco reflects on his  childhood growing up in Miami as a child of Cuban-exile parents. Blanco is the author of three poetry collections: Directions to The Beach of the Dead, winner of the PEN/Beyond Margins Award; City of a Hundred Fires and Looking for The Gulf Motel.  Blanco is a fellow of the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and has taught at Georgetown and American universities. Listen to The Cuban Connection featuring poet Richard Blanco recorded at Cambridge Forum 12/16/2015:

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