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Posts Tagged ‘Richard Blanco’

Finalists Revealed for the 25th Annual Publishing Triangle Awards

The finalists of the 25th annual Publishing Triangle Awards have been revealed.

These awards celebrate the association’s mission “to increase awareness of and appreciation for lesbian and gay literature.” The winners will be announced on April 25th. The awards ceremony will take place at New School University in New York City.

Historian John D’Emilio has been named the winner of this year’s Bill Whitehead Lifetime Achievement Award. This honor also comes with $3,000 prize money. National Endowment for the Arts director of literature Ira Silverberg is the receipient of the Publishing Triangle’s Leadership Award. For the full list of finalists, follow the jump below.

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James Franco Writes Inauguration Poem

Yahoo News asked a group of poets to write their own inauguration poems, just like President Barack Obama commissioned Richard Blanco to write a poem for the swearing-in ceremony.

The participating writers included Pulitzer Prize-winning poets James Tate and Paul Muldoon, Our Andromeda author Brenda ShaughnessyThe Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness author Kevin Young and James Franco.

The video embedded above features readings by Young, Muldoon and Franco. What do you think?

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What Richard Blanco Read at Barack Obama’s Inauguration

Inaugural poet Richard Blanco read “One Today” for President Barack Obama‘s inauguration in Washington D.C. yesterday. What did you think of the poem? Here is an excerpt:

My face, your face, millions of faces in morning’s mirrors,
each one yawning to life, crescendoing into our day:
pencil-yellow school buses, the rhythm of traffic lights,
fruit stands: apples, limes, and oranges arrayed like rainbows
begging our praise. Silver trucks heavy with oil or paper — bricks or milk, teeming over highways alongside us,
on our way to clean tables, read ledgers, or save lives — to teach geometry, or ring up groceries, as my mother did
for 20 years, so I could write this poem.

Below, we’ve linked to 14 of Blanco’s poems online, including the free poetry chapbook, Place of Mind.

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