Poet Richard Blanco shared his journey from young immigrant to serving as inaugural poet at President Barack Obama’s January 2013 inauguration with the Morning Forum of Los Altos April 5.
In his presentation “Becoming American: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey,” Blanco described his path from immigrant to U.S. citizen. The award-winning poet earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing. In addition to reading “One Today” at Obama’s inauguration, he has been a guest speaker on NPR and at conferences across the U.S. and has shared his poems worldwide. He is an author, engineer and educator.