Inauguration poet Richard Blanco back in Miami for reading

 

The South Miami engineer who became the youngest poet to read at a presidential inauguration – and the first openly gay, as well as the first Hispanic to do so – is glad to be back home where his historic journey began.

“I really, really missed Miami,” said Richard Blanco, 44, during a phone interview on Monday from his mother’s Miami home. He is visiting from his home in Bethel, Maine. “I couldn’t wait to get down here and do something with the community, which I’m so connected with obviously since I was 4-years-old.”

Blanco, son of Cuban exiles who was born in Spain and brought to South Florida as a small child, will recite his poems at a free event at the Arsht Center in Miami at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The event has been dubbed a “homecoming.”

“Miami’s such a great audience for me because I think they’ll obviously get a lot of my work in ways that other people might not get as deeply,” he said.

At the event, he will also read his inaugural poem, One Today, which he said will be published as a commemorative booklet in a few weeks.

The event is free, but reservations are required. For tickets, visit www.arshtcenter.org or call 305-949-6722.

Read more Miami-Dade stories from the Miami Herald

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category