Richard Blanco’s live performances and keynote speaking engagements combine poetry and storytelling to inspire organizations and institutions, opening up minds and generating dialog.
Blanco has been asked to speak on a range of subjects, including: Becoming American, Cuban and Latino Culture, Navigating Cultural, Sexual and Artistic Identities, and Poet-Engineer: the Poetics of Place. Blanco also creates original occasional poems to commemorate special events.
Richard has performed at a variety of venues and functions, including: The 2013 Presidential Inauguration, Boston Strong Concert at TD Boston Garden, 2013 Fragrance Awards at Lincoln Center in NYC, Fenway Park, Tech Awards Gala at Santa Clara Convention Center, USDA, State Department, various professional firms, middle and high schools, colleges and universities, creative writing programs, commencement ceremonies, civic organizations, advocacy groups, and charity events.
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“Everyone has agreed that Richard was the best part of the evening! Thank you for making it the best awards ever in the history of the industry!—Elizabeth Musmanno, Fragrance Foundation Awards
“Richard was marvelous, in every respect...He brought a refreshing clarity to the table, and his modesty and good humor made him approachable and easy to talk with. I don't think we could have asked for a better guest!—Charlotte Holmes, Director of Creative Writing at Penn State University
“The way Richard was able to interweave the themes of Trekkers throughout was simply brilliant. His gift of connecting words and his warmth in connecting with people created a truly memorable experience for all. In fact, it seems our whole community is buzzing with excitement following his visit. We’ve received so many touching comments and positive messages describing the event as magical, awesome, inspirational, mesmerizing, entertaining, a high impact evening.—Don Carpenter, Executive Director, Trekkers – Connecting Young People with Caring Adults
“Our group of prominent literary figures, academics and cultural editors were engrossed by Richard and his insights into America and poetry, and his personal experiences as a gay, Latino, immigrant. After the event, our usually jaded audience gushed about Mr. Blanco’s talent, his enthusiasm, his unique perspective and his complete lack of pretension. Events like these make our job as public diplomacy officers, helping international audience understand and appreciate America, much easier.—Marie Blanchard, Public Diplomacy Officer, US Embassy, Athens
“You voice could make me imagine. I want to say “those were the days” because that was a day for me, last night that is. Everything was perfect. Sometimes I get caught up in fear, and think poor me nothing is possible, then I come face to face with you and I get put into a new perspective on life. What a gift! —Alison Folland, Event Attendee
“I was recently blessed with the opportunity of hearing you speak and the event was a distinct gift of immeasurable value. Frankly I have listened to many poets do readings – I have never experienced anything quite like you. Your expression, articulation, body energy, and presence were of a pure bright substance, and the poems themselves speak a truth of compassion, clarity, humor, detail, and resolve.”—Lydia Moore DuPertuis, RN