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PoetryLife at the Library with Poet Richard Blanco

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Selby Public Library

1331 1st Street

Sarasota, FL 34236

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Inaugural Poet and Memoirist Richard Blanco in Conversation with Florida Studio Theatre's Kate Alexander.

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A PoetryLife at the Library event sponsored by Bookstore1Sarasota

Purchase Richard Blanco's books online prior to the event and 20% of the retail price will go to Selby Public Library. Your books will be personally delivered to you at the event or you can pick them up at Bookstore1Sarasota ahead of time.

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Richard Blanco will read selections from his books of poetry and discuss his life as a poet (one who started his professional life as an engineer).

Selected by President Obama as the fifth inaugural poet in U.S. History, Richard Blanco is the youngest and the first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role. Born in Madrid to Cuban exile parents and raised in Miami, the negotiation of cultural identity characterizes his four award-winning collections of poetry. His latest, How to Love a Country, interrogates the American narrative and celebrates the still unkept promise of its ideals. His inaugural poem, “One Today,” was published as a children’s book in collaboration with illustrator Dav Pilkey.

He has also authored the memoirs For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey and The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood, winner of the Lambda Literary Award. Blanco has written occasional poems for the re-opening of the U.S. Embassy in Cuba, Freedom to Marry, The Tech Awards of Silicon Valley, and the Boston Strong benefit concert following the Boston Marathon bombings. He is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and has received numerous honorary doctorates. He has taught at Georgetown University, American University and Wesleyan University. He serves as the first Education Ambassador for the Academy of American Poets. Blanco was a PoetryLife featured poet in 2016.

Visit us before the event at Bookstore1Sarasota on February 6th at 1:00 p.m. for a Book Club discussion of Blanco’s memoir, The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood. More info and RSVP here.

Kate Alexander is Associate Director at Large for Florida Studio Theatre. An actress, director and educator, Kate has been creating for over 30 years with hundreds of productions to her credit, many regional or world premieres. Broadway World said, "Watching Kate Alexander perform is like having a masterclass in acting."

Kate founded the FST theatre school whose mission and training are cultivated from her passion for "truth on stage." No matter what the age, students are taught that "we must venture to the emotional landscapes others fear to tread." She has also developed theatre programs in Russia, Scotland and Israel. Her book, The Animated Short, co-authored with Karen Sullivan brings this art to the animator and is now in its second printing. Committed to social change, Kate created a city-wide dialogue on race about which Rex Ellis of the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture noted, "You are on the pulse of our collective anxiety."

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