Wednesday, October 1, 7:30 PM
Richard Blanco presents The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood
Poet Richard Blanco is the son of Cuban exiles who brought him to America as a 45-day-old baby; in 2013 he would become the youngest, as well as the first Latino, immigrant, and openly gay writer invited to deliver a poem at a presidential inauguration. Yet growing up in Miami, he experienced the emotions and conflicts common to many children of immigrants, striving to find an identity in a family with one foot in the old country and the other in the new. In his new book The Prince of Los Cocuyos, Blanco travels back to Miami in the 1970s and 1980s, evoking the rhythms, colors, smells, and textures of the Cuban community, and creating an eloquent, powerful, and often hilarious coming-of-age story filled with universal themes. Blanco reads and discusses his memoir and work at Greenlight.