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Inauguration poet at St. Andrews University Thursday

Laurinburg, N.C. - Inauguration poet Richard Blanco returns to the St. Andrews University Writers’ Forum Thursday.

The Forum, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Belk Main Lounge beginning at 8 p.m.

According to inaugural committee spokeswoman Addie Whisenant, Blanco was personally selected by President Barack Obama because his “deeply personal poems are rooted in the idea of what it means to be an American.”

Blanco was a groundbreaking selection for the inauguration poet, as he became the first immigrant, first Hispanic, first openly gay and youngest to answer the call.

Blanco’s first book of poetry, City of a Hundred Fires, received the Agnes Starrett Poetry Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press. His second book, Directions to the Beach of the Dead, won the Beyond the Margins Award from the PEN American Center. A third collection, Looking for The Gulf Motel, was published in 2012.

His poems have appeared in top literary journals and he has been featured on National Public Radio’s All Things considered, Blanco is the recipient of two Florida Artist Fellowships, a Residency Fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and is a John Ciardi Fellow of the Bread Loaf Writers Conference.

 “Blanco’s poems sound like so many people in this country,” said Don Share, senior editor of Poetry Magazine. “He works in Spanish and English, a mixture that is our native language, and he makes it sound like real poetry. This is poetry that speaks for and from a great number of Americans. He gives a voice to the kinds of experience that people undergo every single day.”

For more information about the Writers' Forum, creative writing or the St. Andrews Press, call 910-277-5310 or email press@sapc.edu.

About St. Andrews University

St. Andrews is a student and teaching-focused University which offers a broad range of undergraduate majors in a curriculum that is global in scope and practical in its application. St. Andrews has added a first graduate level program with a Masters in Business Administration. The quality of the St. Andrews educational experience has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and GI Jobs among others. In addition to its academic programs, the University has an acclaimed university press, men’s and women’s athletic teams, a nationally competitive equestrian program, and an award-winning pipe band. St. Andrews is a branch of Webber International University, Florida. Further information may be obtained by visiting the University’s website www.sapc.edu, calling 800-763-0198, or sending an e-mail to info@sapc.edu.

 

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