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Blanco opens Literary Series

Jun 28, 2018
Richard Blanco

Martinsville — The opening event of Jackson Memorial Library’s 11th St. George Summer Literary Series will feature award-winning poet Richard Blanco Tuesday evening, July 10, at the Ocean View Grange, 435 Port Clyde Road/Route 131. The free event opens with a reception with refreshments at 5:30 p.m.

Currently a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, Blanco also has been named the first Education Ambassador of the Academy of American Poets. In 2013, as well as presenting his inaugural poem, “One Today,” at the second inauguration of President Barack Obama, Blanco wrote and performed a poem for the Boston Strong benefit concert. He holds honorary doctorate degrees from McMaster College, University of Rhode Island, and Colby College, as well as an honorary degree from the University of Maine College of Art.

Blanco was a featured speaker at the 2017 Millay Arts & Poetry Festival in Rockland. He will be presenting from his latest work, “The Prince of Los Cocuyos, A Miami Childhood.” This book received the 2015 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Memoir; and was named the Best Biography in the 2014 International Latino Awards.

The series continues July 17 with Candice Shy Hooper, author of “Lincoln's Generals’ Wives’; and July 24 with Robin Lloyd, author of “Harbor of Spies: A Novel of Historical Havana.” For more information, contact the library at 372- 8961 or visit

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