Vazquez Memorial Poetry Series Brings Richard Blanco to CF Feb. 27-28
Jan. 4, 2019 — The Debra Vazquez Memorial Poetry Series presents poet Richard Blanco Feb. 27-28.
Blanco will read from his collection at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the Humanities and Social Sciences Building 8 and at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in the Dassance Fine Arts Auditorium, at the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road. Tickets are not required and entry is free at both readings.
Blanco is the fifth presidential inaugural poet in U.S. history – the youngest, first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in this role. Born in Madrid to Cuban exile parents and raised in Miami, the negotiation of cultural identity characterizes his body of work.
He is the author of the memoirs “The Prince of los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood,” and “For All of Us One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey;” the poetry chapbooks “Matters of the Sea” and “Boston Strong;” the poetry collections “Looking for the Gulf Motel,” “Directors to the Beach of the Dead,” and “City of a Hundred Fires.”
A new book of poems, “How to Love a Country,” is forthcoming from Beacon Press in April 2019. Blanco has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and National Public Radio’s Fresh Air. He has been a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow and received honorary doctorates from Macalester College, Colby College and the University of Rhode Island. He has continued to write occasional poems for organizations and events such as the re-opening of the U.S. embassy in Havana.
The Debra Vazquez Memorial Poetry Series honors CF English and creative writing professor Debra Vazquez, who died as a result of domestic violence in 2004.
For more information, contact Sandra Cooper at 352-854-2322, ext. 1361, or firstname.lastname@example.org.