Richard Blanco

c/o Alison GranucciBlue Flower ArtsPO Box 1361Millbrook, NY 12545
Phone: 
845-677-8559
Website: 
richard-blanco.com

Author's Bio

Richard Blanco was made in Cuba, assembled in Spain, and imported to the United States—meaning his mother, seven months pregnant, and his family arrived as exiles from Cuba to Madrid where he was born. Days later, the family emigrated once more and settled in New York City, then in Miami where he was raised. His three acclaimed books of poetry explore the negotiation of cultural identity and universal themes of homecoming. His poems have appeared in top journals and anthologies including, The Best American Poetry and Great American Prose Poems. He’s been featured on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, and many venues including the Miami Book Fair, The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, and Dodge Poetry Festival. Blanco is recipient of two Florida Artist Fellowships and is a John Ciardi Fellow of the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. A builder of cities as well as poems, he holds a B.S. in Engineering and an MFA in Creative Writing.

Publications and Prizes

Book

City of a Hundred Fires
(University of Pittsburgh Press,
1989)
Directions to the Beach of the Dead
(University of Arizona Press,
2005)
Looking for The Gulf Motel
(University of Pittsburgh Press,
2012)
Prizes: 
University of Pittsburgh Agnes Lynch Starrett National Poetry Prize, PEN/American Center Beyond Margins Prize, Florida Individual Artist Fellowship, Bread Loaf Writers Conference Fellow

More Information

Listed as:
Poet
Gives readings? 
Yes
Travels for readings? 
Yes
Identifies as: 
Caribbean American, Cuban American, Latino/Latina
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Any, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender
Fluent in: 
English, Spanish
Born in: 
Madrid
Raised in: 
Miami, FL

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Listing last updated: January 9, 2013.