Blanco live on WRFR

May 23, 2018
Photo by: Craig Dilger Richard Blanco

Rockland — Poet Richard Blanco will be the live studio guest on “21st Century Bohemian” Tuesday, May 29, at 6 p.m. on WRFR-LP, 93.3 in Rockland and 99.3 FM in Camden.

Selected by President Obama as the fifth U.S. Presidential Inaugural Poet, Blanco joined the ranks of such luminary poets as Robert Frost and Maya Angelou. The youngest, first Latino, immigrant and gay person to serve in such a role, he read his inaugural poem, “One Today,” at the official ceremony in 2012.

Blanco has said he was made in Cuba, assembled in Spain and imported to the United States — as his mother, seven months pregnant, and the rest of the family arrived as exiles from Cuba to Madrid, where he was born. Only 45 days later, the family immigrated once more and settled in Miami, where Blanco was raised and educated. The negotiation of cultural identity and universal themes of place and belonging characterize his body of work.

Show host and producer Teresa Piccari will welcome Blanco into the studio to read from and talk about his newest collection, “Boundaries,” a collaboration with Midcoast landscape photographer Jacob Hessler, currently on exhibition at Center for Maine Contemporary Art. The work investigates the visible and invisible boundaries of race, gender, class and ethnicity, among many others.

Blanco is the author of several poetry collections and the memoirs “The Prince of Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood” and “For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey.” He has been a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow and received honorary doctorates from Macalester College, Colby College and the University of Rhode Island. Among his many awards and honors was the Academy of American Poets naming him as its first Education Ambassador in 2015.

Blanco has continued to write occasional poems for organizations and events such as the re-opening of the U.S. embassy in Havana. He lives with his partner in Bethel. For more information about him and his work, visit richard-blanco.com.

Every Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m., “21st Century Bohemian” offers insightful, inspirational and celebratory exploration of creativity over the local airwaves, through the voices of various artists, musicians and writers. For more information about the show and the many other community radio offerings on WRFR, visit wrfr.org. The station celebrates its 16th anniversary this year, offering community radio programming from an all-volunteer roster of DJs and hosts.

Piccari is a local writer and proprietor of The Village Scribe, which provides professional copywriting and editing services, along with writing and creativity workshops, and coaching for artists of all genres. She has written “The 21st Century Bohemian” creativity column, appearing in Inner Tapestry, for a decade. Among her current projects is a poetry manuscript titled “Laying Down Armor.” For more information, email 21stBohemian@gmail.com or visit her Teresa Piccari Writer page on Facebook.

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

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