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Three Generations: ROBERT PINSKY on Singing School: Learning to Write (and Read) Poetry, CAMPBELL MCGRATH on In the Kingdom of the Sea Monkeys: Poems, and RICHARD BLANCO on Looking for the Gulf Motel

Saturday, Nov. 23, 11:30 a.m., Auditorium (Building 1, 2nd Floor, Room 1261)

Author(s) and Guest(s)

Robert Pinsky

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky takes an unconventional approach to appreciating the art of poetry in Singing School:  Learning to Write (and Read) Poetry by Studying With the Masters (W.W. Norton; $25.95).  Instead of rules, theories, or recipes, Pinsky examines enduring poems and how they are made.  Pinsky is the poetry editor of Slate, the editor of the 25th-anniversary Best American Poetry, and the author of eight collections of poetry including, most recently, Selected Poems.  His translation The Inferno of Dante won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry.    

Campbell McGrath

McGrath asks us to love what lasts amid the detritus of American culture in his latest poetry collection, In the Kingdom of the Sea Monkeys (Ecco; $14.99). McGrath's previous collections are Shannon, Seven Notebooks, Capitalism, American Noise, Spring Comes to Chicago, Road Atlas, Florida Poems, and Pax Atomica. Among his many awards are the Kingley Tufts Poetry Award and fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundations.  

Richard Blanco

When Cuban-American Richard Blanco was chosen by the White House in 2013 to be the United States Inaugural Poet, his selection marked some significant firsts—he was the first immigrant and Latino, the first openly gay, and the youngest poet ever chosen.  For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet's Journey (Beacon Press; $15.00) is a poetic memoir anchored by Blanco’s experiences as the Inaugural Poet.  He shares his journey as a Latino immigrant and openly gay man discovering a new, emotional understanding of what it means to be an American. He tells the story of the call from the White House committee, and all the exhilaration and upheaval of the days that followed. Finally, Blanco reflects on his life-changing role as a public voice since the inauguration, his spiritual embrace of Americans everywhere, and his vision for poetry’s new role in our nation’s consciousness. 

Richard Blanco describes his poetry collection Looking for The Gulf Motel (University of Pittsburgh Press, $15.95) as “A genealogy of the heart,”  in which he explores his family’s emotional legacy and how it has shaped his Latino identity, sexual identity, and understanding of life’s great questions.  Blanco is the author of two previous poetry collections Directions to The Beach of the Dead and City of a Hundred Fires, as well as For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet's Journey, a poetic memoir anchored by Blanco’s experiences as the Inaugural Poet.   

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300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132
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