Blanco, Ricardo

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  • Blanco’s first three collections of poetry (CITY OF A HUNDRED FIRES Directions to THE BEACH OF THE DEAD, and LOOKING FOR THE GULF MOTEL) explore the yearnings and negotiation of cultural identity as a Cuban-American. His most recent collection, HOW TO LOVE A COUNTRY, interrogates American sociopolitical matters of immigration, race, sexuality, and more. He has also authored the memoirs FOR ALL OF US, ONE TODAY: AN INAUGURAL POET’S JOURNEY and THE PRINCE OF LOS COCUYOS. Blanco has received numerous awards, including the Agnes Starrett Poetry Prize, the PEN American Beyond Margins Award, the Patterson Prize, and a Lambda Literary Prize.

research interests

  • Richard Blanco’s collections of poetry and memoirs explore the yearnings and negotiation of cultural identity as a Cuban-American and gay man, as well as the universal themes of place and homecoming, in the context of American sociopolitical matters of immigration, race, sexuality, and more.

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full name

  • Ricardo Blanco