Eagle Pond Authors: Richard Blanco
Richard Blanco read his poem One Today at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration making him the youngest, first Latino and first openly gay person to serve as an honorary participant in the official ceremony. His acclaimed first book, City of a Hundred Fires, explores the yearnings and negotiation of cultural identity as a Cuban-American and received the prestigious Agnes Starrett Poetry Prize. His second book, Directions to The Beach of the Dead won the PEN American Beyond Margins Award for its continued exploration of the universal themes of place and homecoming. His third collection, Looking for The Gulf Motel, won the Patterson Poetry Prize and Thom Gunn Award from the Publishing Triangle. A builder of cities and poems, Blanco is also a professional civil engineer currently living in Maine.
About the Eagle Pond Authors Series
For the past 16 years, the Eagle Pond Authors’ Series has celebrated great writing by some of the nation’s outstanding authors. The series is a tribute to beloved poet and author Donald Hall, who is the heart and soul of this series and instrumental in bringing nationally and internationally revered poets to the PSU campus.
Generous support from the Follett Higher Education Group (PSU Bookstore) helps to keep this series free to the public. Receptions and book signings follow each reading. Free tickets are available in advance to ensure admittance.