The Monhegan Memorial Library will host inaugural poet Richard Blanco Saturday, July 9. There will be a Q&A for Writers at 10:30 a.m. (advance sign up required; limited to 20); and a poetry reading and book signing at 7:30 p.m. at Monhegan Community Church.

When Blanco spoke at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration, he was the first Latino and first gay poet to do so. As someone who was, in his words, “made in Cuba, assembled in Spain, and imported to the US” and now living in Maine, Blanco both encompasses and redefines what it means to be American. His ties to these disparate locations imbue his poetry with questions of place and belonging. The award-winning Blanco is the author of three anthologies, as well as two memoirs.

This is the pilot program of the MML Distinguished Writers Series and is supported by a grant from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation. All events are free of charge. Ferries to Monhegan run from three locations daily. For information, contact Mia Boynton at 596-0549 or

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