Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco to Read at Penn State
There are many traditions and rituals associated with the United States presidential inauguration. One of the more sporadic fixtures is the inaugural poet and presidential poetry reading. Robert Frost served as the first inaugural poet in 1961 when John F. Kennedy took office, and several presidents have commissioned poets to recite a piece of their work at inaugurations several times since.
As part of Penn State Creative Writing’s Mary E. Rolling reading series, Blanco will visit Penn State on October 10 and read some of work at 7:30 p.m. in the Paterno Library’s Foster Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
Richard Blanco stands as the youngest, first Latino, first immigrant, and first openly gay person to serve as the Presidential inaugural poet. He has written three books, countless poems, and is a Paterson Poetry Prize recipient.