Blanco headed to Midcoast
Rockport — Richard Blanco, the Maine resident who gained national attention and recognition as the Inaugural poet for President Obama’s 2013 ceremony, is coming to Rockport for Earth Day, Monday, April 22. Blanco will meet with 630 students from four local middle schools in the afternoon, then read in a public event later at 7 p.m. in the Strom Auditorium of Camden Hills Regional High School, Route 90, the day made possible by Partners for Enrichment.
Blanco, who was born in Cuba, grew up in Miami, Florida, and now lives in Bethel, became the first Latino and openly gay man to recite the inaugural poem. He accepted an invitation to come to Rockport from Tom Wilhelm of Lincolnville, who had attended that same high school in Miami.
In preparation for Blanco’s visit, students at Hope Elementary, Appleton Village, Lincolnville Central and Camden Rockport Middle schools will study his poems and choose the poems they would like Blanco to read. With a capacity of 820, Wilhelm and Partners for Enrichment are predicting a full house at the Strom Auditorium student event and are excited at the tremendous interactive opportunity available to the students.
The evening event is likely to fill the Strom, as well. Tickets will go on sale Saturday, April 6, at 9 a.m. at $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets will be available at Lincolnville Community Library, Appleton’s Mildred S. Williams Memorial Library, Hope General Store, Camden Public Library, Rockport Public Library, Owl & Turtle Bookshop and HAV II in Camden, Left Bank Books in Belfast and hello hello Books and Reading Corner in Rockland. All proceeds benefit Partners for Enrichment.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.