Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco Reads at Hutchinson Center
June 8@5:30 PM - 7:00 PMFree
INAUGURAL POET RICHARD BLANCO READS AT HUTCHINSON CENTER
Hutchinson Center, Walsh Wing, Belfast
Free and open to the public
Celebrating the union of diversity, imagery and poetry, the public is warmly invited to attend a free talk and reading by internationally acclaimed poet, Richard Blanco, on Saturday, June 8, at 5:30 pm at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast. Subsequently, Blanco will be available to sign copies of his books, to include his latest, How to Love a Country.
Richard Blanco’s mother, seven months pregnant, and the rest of the family arrived as exiles from Cuba to Spain where he was born. Forty-five days later, the family immigrated once more to New York City, and eventually settled in Miami. Only a few weeks old, Blanco already belonged to three countries, a foreshadowing of the negotiations of cultural identity, community, and belonging that would shape his life and continue to inform his work.
As the first Education Ambassador for the Academy of American Poets, Blanco writes lesson plans for the Academy, visits students at all grade levels, and conducts workshops for educators on innovative ways to teach poetry. In that capacity, Blanco will also conduct a Craft Workshop, entitled, “Using the Five Senses in Poetry,” for fifth graders at the Walker Memorial School in Liberty.
Sponsors of this two-day event are the Maine Chapter of the Fulbright Association, the University of Maine Hutchinson Center, Left Bank Books in Belfast, as well as several anonymous donors. Community partners include the Belfast Free Library, Belfast Historical Society, Belfast Chamber of Commerce, Belfast Creative Coalition, Our Town Belfast, and Waterfall Arts.