Richard Blanco was born in Spain to Cuban parents and grew up in Miami. That background led him to his own definition of what is means to be American, and eventually become the fifth inaugural poet in U.S. history. He’ll share his poetic memoir, “For All of Us, One Today,” during his Winter Words appearance on Jan. 28 through the Aspen Writers’ Foundation. The memoir is a story about his participation in the presidential inauguration and his emotional journey, and he’ll also discuss the themes of cultural identity that have a place in his work.
He is an award-winning poet who spoke at President Obama’s second inauguration. His first book, “City of a Hundred Fires,” received the prestigious Agnes Starrett Poetry Prize and his second book, “Directions to the Beach of the Dead,” won the 2006 PEN Open Book Award.
Blanco will speak at Paepcke Auditorium on Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Aspen Show Tix. The rest of the season features Dani Shapiro & Nick Flynn (Feb. 8), Carole DeSanti & Karen Joy Fowler (Feb. 25), Tom Reiss (March 19) and Maria Semple (March 31).