Poet Richard Blanco at Maine Coast Book Shop
The Maine Coast Book Shop is honored to host poet, Richard Blanco, on Thursday, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. in Porter Hall Auditorium, Skidompha Library, Damariscotta. Mr. Blanco will give a slide presentation and talk during the event, which is by reservation only as seating is limited.
Sponsored by the Damariscotta Montessori School, it will be Mr. Blanca's second visit to Damariscotta and the second of only two engagements in the state of Maine, as he tours the country introducing his new illustrated version of his now famous inaugural poem, “One Today,” which President Barack Obama invited him to write and share at his second presidential inauguration.
The poem is a lush and lyrical, patriotic commemoration of America from dawn to dusk and from coast to coast, brought to vibrant life by beloved, award-winning Dav Pilkey (well known to children from his Captain Underpants series).
Richard Blanco is the fifth inaugural poet in U.S. history; he is also the youngest, the first Latino, the first immigrant, and the first gay person to serve in such a role. Born in Madrid to Cuban exiled parents and raised in Miami, the negotiation of cultural identity and place characterize his body of work.
Blanco’s writings possess a story-rich quality that illuminates the human spirit. He is the author of the memoirs “The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood” and “For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey”; a children’s book of his inaugural poem, “One Today,” illustrated by Dav Pilkey; poetry chapbooks and poetry collections.
For more on Blanco, who divides his time between Boston and Bethel, visit http://richard-blanco.com/.
A reception with poet and author follows the talk. To attend the event, but not buy a book, the fee is $10; with a signed copy of “One Day,” $20 plus tax; couples (and one book) are $30. Unsigned books are $18 plus tax. Copies of some of his other books will also be available.
Children are welcome! Contact MCBS soon to reserve seats at 207-563-3207. They are sure to sell out quickly.