Richard Blanco: "For All Of Us, One Today"

Richard Blanco: "For All Of Us, One Today"

Richard Blanco is the youngest inaugural poet ever. He is also the first immigrant, first Latino and first openly gay man chosen for the honor. His journey from Cuban immigrant in Miami to inaugural poet for President Obama.

When the Obama administration selected 44-year-old Richard Blanco to be inaugural poet in 2013, he was the youngest person ever tapped for the honor. Blanco also became the first Latino, the first immigrant and the first openly gay man to address the nation on Inauguration Day. Still to this day, Blanco is not sure how he got the assignment. But that moment of reading his poem to the nation changed him in ways he never imagined. It renewed Blanco’s faith in the power of words and set in him a mission to connect the American public to contemporary poetry. Richard Blanco joins Diane to talk about his new book, “For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey."

Guests

Richard Blanco

author, "For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet's Journey". He was selected by the White House in 2013 to be the United States Inaugural Poet.

Blanco Performs "One Today" At The 2013 Presidential Inauguration

Read An Excerpt

Excerpted from "For All Of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey" by Richard Blanco. Copyright 2013. Excerpted with permission by Beacon Press.

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