Richard Blanco – Genius of Stars and Love

Richard Blanco was selected by President Obama as the nation’s fifth inaugural poet, joining the ranks of such luminary poets as Robert Frost, Maya Angelou, Miller Williams, and Elizabeth Alexander . The theme of the 2013 presidential inauguration, “Faith in America’s Future,” was reflected in “One Today,” the poem Blanco composed and read for the occasion . His latest poem, “Genius of Stars and Love,” was written for The Tech Awards 2013.

A builder of cities as well as poems, Blanco holds a B.S. in civil engineering and an M.F.A. in creative writing . His poems have appeared in leading literary journals and he is the author of several award-winning books. About his most recent book, For All of Us, One Today (Beacon Press), The Tech’s president Tim Ritchie wrote, “By all means, join Blanco on his journey from a sentimental view of America to one of clear-eyed, reality-tested hope. Learn from his insight about what knits us together as Americans and as humans. Who better than a civil engineer and a poet to envision the foundation for a community characterized by dignity, beauty, and opportunity?”

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