Chicago Humanities Festival

A poignant, hilarious, and inspiring memoir from the first Latino and openly gay inaugural poet. Richard Blanco’s “The Prince of los Cocuyos” explores his coming-of-age as the child of Cuban immigrants in Miami and his attempts to understand his place in America while grappling with his burgeoning artistic and sexual identities.

Blaney Lecture at The Academy of American Poets

Recorded at Poets Forum 2014 in New York City, the Blaney Lecture is an annual lecture series that was created in memory of former Academy of American Poets Board Member Dorothy Gulbenkian Blaney. In this video, Richard Blanco, the 2013 inaugural poet of the U.S., discusses his role as the inaugural poet and his efforts to bring poetry to wider audience.

Bilingualism prevalent among many communities

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José Díaz-Balart talks to poet Richard Blanco about his new memoir “The Prince of Los Cocuyos” and his life growing up in the U.S. while trying to figure out his American identity surrounded by a family of Cuban exiles.

Until We Could

Until We Could, a gorgeous new video poem written by Richard Blanco, celebrates love and the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. The film is narrated by Golden Globe winning actress Robin Wright and actor Ben Foster. For more info on the campaign to win marriage nationwide, visits

Tech Awards Gala

Richard Blanco was selected by President Obama as the nation’s fifth inaugural poet, joining the ranks of such luminary poets as Robert Frost, Maya Angelou, Miller Williams, and Elizabeth Alexander . The theme of the 2013 presidential inauguration, “Faith in America’s Future,” was reflected in “One Today,” the poem Blanco composed and read for the occasion . His latest poem, “Genius of Stars and Love,” was written for The Tech Awards 2013. read more…

Fragrance Foundation Awards

Richard performs his poem “To the Artists Invisible” at the 2013 Fragrance Foundation Awards. Hosted by SNL alum Dana Carvey, with honored guests including Taylor Swift, André Leon Talley, Jessica Szohr, Dita Von Teese, and others.

Voz de America

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Poet Richard Blanco visits VOA. Richard Blanco is a teacher and poet. He became the fifth poet, the first Hispanic, to recite at the inauguration of President Barack Obama’s second term.


Boston Strong Concert

Richard Blanco performs his poem “Boston Strong” at the benefit concert fundraiser to help those most affected by the tragic events that occurred during the 2013 Boston Marathon.