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An Evening with Presidential Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco

Friday, March 11, 2022 @ 6:30 pm

Sanctuary of the Arts

410 Andalusia Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134 United States

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Books & Books, Poetry in America, Sanctuary of the Arts, CasaCuba and FIU’s Cuban Research Institute are excited to present an evening with Richard Blanco in conversation with Nely Galán and moderated by Poetry in America creator and host Elisa New.



“This poem literally makes me go back into my past.” —Gloria Estefan


Join us for a special screening and discussion of Blanco’s poem “Looking for the Gulf Motel” from the PBS series Poetry In America, featuring Gloria Estefan.

In celebration of Blanco’s episode, attendees will be immersed in a viewing and discussion featuring a live poetry reading from Blanco. Registrants will receive an exclusive print of Blanco’s poem while supplies last.

***Please note: This event will take place at Sanctuary of the Arts at 410 Andalusia Ave. Tickets are FREE and books will be available for purchase at the event.

Space is LIMITED. Please RSVP only if you plan on attending. Reservations will be honored first. Attendees who show up without an Eventbrite ticket will wait in a holding area until 6:15 and will only be seated if seats remain.

There are over 200 spots of metered parking surrounding the Sanctuary. There is also garage parking available across the street from Publix or Books & Books a short walk away.

Please be aware that at this time, masks are still required inside for all our events by all patrons. Thank you for your cooperation.

About the Episode:

Richard Blanco’s poem “Looking for The Gulf Motel” transports readers to 1970s Florida, recalling a Cuban-American family’s vacations on the sparkling sands of Marco Island. Blanco and international superstar Gloria Estefan join Elisa New and a chorus of Cuban American adults in Miami and middle school students in New York City to reflect on family and what it means to call a place home.

RICHARD BLANCO: Selected by Barack Obama as the fifth Presidential Inaugural Poet in US history, Richard Blanco is the award-winning author of two memoirs and four poetry collections, including City of a Hundred Fires, Directions to the Beach of the Dead, and How to Love a Country. His body of work and advocacy are characterized by his personal negotiation of cultural identity and universal themes of place and belonging. He currently serves as the first-ever Education Ambassador for the Academy of American Poets and is a member of the Obama Foundation’s advisory council. Connect with him online: richard-blanco.com, Twitter (@rblancopoet), Facebook (RichardBlancoPoetry), and Instagram (poetrichardblanco).

ELISA NEW is the Director and Host of Poetry in America, director of the Center for Public Humanities at Arizona State University, director of Verse Video Education, and Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature at Harvard University. New created Poetry in America, a PBS series, to bring poetry into living rooms and onto screens of all kinds. The show can be seen on public television and streaming platforms, in schools and libraries, and on airlines. Guests include Joe Biden, Herbie Hancock, Gloria Estefan, Shaquille O’Neal, Elena Kagan, Nas, John McCain, Sonia Sanchez, Tony Kushner, Bill Clinton, Julia Alvarez, Bono, Cynthia Nixon, John Kerry, LisaGay Hamilton, Caroline Kennedy, Katie Couric, Al Gore, and David Strathairn. Along with the series, New produces educational materials on American poetry for all ages—from middle- and high-school students, to K-12 teachers, to lifelong learners—distributed by Harvard University, Amplify Education, and Arizona State University.

NELY GALÁN: Latina media dynamo and women’s empowerment advocate Nely Galán, dubbed the “Tropical Tycoon” by The New York Times Magazine, is one of the entertainment industry’s savviest firebrand talents. An immigrant and self-made media mogul, Galán was the first Latina President of Entertainment for a U.S. television network, Telemundo. She is an Emmy Award-winning producer of over 700 episodes of television in Spanish and English including the FOX hit reality series, The Swan, which she produced through her multi-media company Galan Entertainment. Her company also launched over 10 television channels abroad for companies like HBO, ESPN, FOX, MGM and Sony.

She is the author of The New York Times bestselling book SELF MADE, Becoming Empowered, Self-Reliant, and Rich in Every Way ( 2016) Random House, which was published in English, Spanish and Mandarin, about the revolution in women’s entrepreneurship led by multicultural women in the U.S. and emerging women around the world.”

After becoming self-made on her own terms, Galan took a mid -career sabbatical, completing a masters and doctorate Clinical Psychology, where she focused on the  “Psychology of Money”, in multicultural communities. She then authored The New York Times bestselling book SELF MADE, Becoming Empowered, Self-Reliant, and Rich in Every Way ( 2016) Random House, which was published in English, Spanish and Mandarin. Galán wrote the book as a manifesto to ignite the SELF MADE movement, uniting all women on a quest for an economic future they can control.


Friday, March 11, 2022
6:30 pm


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Sanctuary of the Arts
410 Andalusia Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134 United States
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