As part of the Masters Series Lectures at Maine Media Workshops + College, American Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco will offer an evening reading during the week he is teaching a workshop called Writing Poetry: Images and Imagination.

Blanco’s reading, free and open to the public, will take place Monday, Aug. 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St. Barnswallow Books, in conjunction with Maine Media Workshops + College, will host a book signing after the reading of Blanco’s book “The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood.”

Blanco is the fifth American Inaugural Poet named by President Obama, the youngest, first Latino, gay and immigrant to be awarded this distinction. Blanco has been named a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow and has received honorary doctorates from Macalester College, Colby College and the University of Rhode Island.

Blanco’s workshop runs Sunday through Saturday, Aug. 28 through Sept. 3. For more information, visit or send email to

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