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Chats with Champions presents Richard Blanco at Lincoln Theater

Noted poet and author Richard Blanco will appear at Lincoln Theater to read from and talk about his newest book of poems, How to Love a Country. This new collection both interrogates the American narrative, past and present, and celebrates the still unkept promise of its ideals.

About this collection, poet Carolyn Forché reflects, "In this timely collection, Richard Blanco masterfully embraces his role as a civic poet, confronting our nation’s riddled history in the light of conscience. At once personal and political, these lyric narratives decry injustice and proclaim our hopes.”

Richard Blanco’s mother was seven months pregnant with him when his family arrived as exiles from Cuba to Madrid, where he was born. Forty-five days later, the family immigrated once more to New York City and eventually settled in Miami. By the time he was a few weeks old, Blanco already belonged to three countries, foreshadowing the negotiations of cultural identity, community, and belonging that would shape his life and continue to inform his work.

In 2013, Blanco was selected by President Obama as the fifth inaugural poet in U.S. history, joining the ranks of such luminary poets as Robert Frost and Maya Angelou. He is the youngest and the first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role. His inaugural poem, "One Today” was published as a children’s book, in collaboration with renowned illustrator Dav Pilkey.

The book will be available to purchase at the event.

Tickets: $20 each; a fundraiser for Skidompha Library.

Beginning June 14, tickets may be purchased in person at Skidompha Library, Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shop, and Lincoln Theater, and online at

For more information call 563-5513 or online at

Presented in partnership with Lincoln Theater.


Show Dates + Times
Tue, Jul 9 @ 7 pm

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