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Richard Blanco, Miami raised son of Cuban exiles, named 2013 inaugural poet

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January

AP:

Richard Blanco, the son of Cuban exiles, is the 2013 inaugural poet, is joining a select group that includes Maya Angelou and the late Robert Frost. Blanco's works explore his family's exile from Cuba and "the intersection of his cultural identities as a Cuban-American gay man," inauguration planners announced.

They said Blanco, 44, will be the youngest-ever inaugural poet and the first Hispanic or gay to recite a poem at the ceremonial swearing-in.

"His contributions to the fields of poetry and the arts have already paved a path forward for future generations of writers," Obama said in a statement. "Richard's writing will be wonderfully fitting for an inaugural that will celebrate the strength of the American people and our nation's great diversity."

Blanco grew up in Miami.

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 2:47pm]

    

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