Trekkers, a local youth mentoring organization, will present An Evening of Poetry with Richard Blanco Wednesday, July 17, at 7 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St. Chosen as the 2013 inaugural poet, Blanco has published three books including “Looking for the Gulf Motel,” which received this year’s Maine Literary Award for poetry. His work details his journey to uncover his cultural identity as the Spanish-born and American-raised son of Cuban exiles. A resident of Bethel, he also works as a civil engineer.

In addition to the poetry reading and a Q&A session with Blanco, the evening will feature some of the work of Trekker students. General seating tickets are $20; tickets for a pre-event reception with the poet, including preferred seating at the Strand Theatre, are $75. All proceeds benefit Trekkers’ youth mentoring programs. Tickets are going fast at the Trekkers office in Thomaston; Archipelago and hello hello book in Rockland; Owl & Turtle in Camden; and Jackson Memorial Library in Tenants Harbor. For more information, call Trekkers at 594-5095 or visit trekkers.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.