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Inaugural Poet Blanco to return to Writing Conference

Poets, unlike rock stars or musicians, seldom get recognition from large audiences when they recite their poetry. But that changed for Richard Blanco last month. When he read his poem, One Today, at President Barack Obama’s inauguration, he gained instant fame.

Blanco had already built a following at URI from two earlier visits. Last year he led a series of intensive, three-day poetry workshops at the University’s Ocean State Summer Writing Conference. He will return to the University’s Kingston campus June 21 to deliver a keynote address and participate in other activities during URI’s 2013 writing conference in June.

President Obama selected Blanco because “his deeply personal poems are rooted in the idea of what it means to be an American...

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