Blanco was born in Spain to a Cuban family. He immigrated with his family to Miami where he was raised and educated.
His work has appeared in The Nation, Ploughshares, Indiana Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, TriQuarterly Review, New England Review, and Americas Review. Blanco is part of the online Letras Latinas Oral History Project archives.
In the poem "Queer Theory, According to My Grandmother," he described how his grandmother warned him as a young boy: "For God’s sake, never pee sitting down.../I’ve seen you" and "Don't stare at The Six-Million-Dollar Man./I’ve seen you." and "Never dance alone in your room."
When asked in a May 7, 2012 interview with La Bloga whether he considered himself a Cuban writer or simply a writer, Blanco responded: "I am a writer who happens to be Cuban, but I reserve the right to write about anything I want, not just my cultural identity. Aesthetically and politically, I don't exclusively align myself with any one particular group—Latino, Cuban, gay, or 'white'—but I embrace them all. Good writing is good writing. I like what I like."
On January 8, 2013, he was named the inaugural poet for Barack Obama's second inauguration, the fifth person to play that role. He is the first immigrant, first Latino, and first gay person to be inaugural poet. He is also the youngest.
- 1988 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize
- John Ciardi Fellowship from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference
- Florida Artist Fellowship
- Residency Fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts
- 2006 PEN Open Book Award (formerly known as Beyond Margins Award) for Directions to the Beach of the Dead
- City of a Hundred Fires. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press. 1998. ISBN 978-0-8229-5683-9.
- Nowhere But Here. Hill-Stead Museum. 2004. ISBN 978-0-9744245-1-4.
- Directions to the Beach of the Dead. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press. 2005. ISBN 978-0-8165-2479-2.
- Michael Collier & David Lehman, ed (2000). The Best American Poetry 2000. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England.
- David Lehman, ed (April 2003). Great American Prose Poems. Scribner Book Company. ISBN 978-0-7432-4350-6.
- The Breadloaf Anthology of New American Poets. Bread Loaf Writers' Conference/Middlebury. March 1, 2000. ISBN 978-0-87451-964-8.
- ↑ Richard Blanco b. 1968, Poetry Foundation, Web, Aug. 10, 2012.
- ↑ http://www.richard-blanco.com/
- ↑ http://www.pen.org/page.php/prmID/1332
- ↑ http://www.writerscenter.org/blancosvoboda.html
- ↑ http://www.pshares.org/authors/author-detail.cfm?authorID=6874
- ↑ Tobar, Hector (January 9, 2013). "Richard Blanco named Obama's 2013 inaugural poet". Los Angeles Times. http://www.latimes.com/features/books/jacketcopy/la-et-jc-richard-blanco-obama-inaugural-poet-20130109,0,5335354.story. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
- ↑ "Interview with Richard Blanco". La Bloga. http://labloga.blogspot.com/2012/05/interview-with-richard-blanco.html. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
- ↑ "Richard Blanco Will Be First Latino Inaugural Poet". NPR. January 9, 2013. http://www.npr.org/2013/01/09/168899347/richard-blanco-will-be-first-latino-inaugural-poet. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
- ↑ Sink, Justin (January 9, 2013). "Inaugural committee announces lunch menu, poet". The Hill. http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/276291-inaugural-committee-announces-poet-lunch-menu. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
- ↑ http://www.florida-arts.org/grants/fellowship/displayfellow.cfm?id=128
- "Last Lines; Mother Picking Produce; What Las Palmas Mean:; Last Night in Havana; Tia Olivia Serves Wallace Stevens a Cuban Egg". Beltway Poetry Quarterly 5 (1). Winter 2004. http://washingtonart.com/beltway/blanco.html.
- Richard Blanco b. 1968 at the Poetry Foundation.
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