The fifth poet to read at a Presidential Inauguration, following in the steps of Robert Frost (1961) and Maya Angelou (1993), Richard Blanco's poetry explores the meanings of identity, place and culture and his story is compelling, having been "made in Cuba, assembled in Spain and imported to the United States."
Tonight, the U.S. Poet Laureate is the featured speaker at UTSA’s Creative Writing Series; Natasha Trethewey is expected to read from her Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry collection.
Trethewey was serving as the poet laureate for the State of Mississippi when she was selected as the 19th poet laureate of the United States in June. Her first poems, titled, “Domestic Work,” won the inaugural 1995 Cave Canem poetry prize. Her third collection, "Native Guard,” was awarded the 2007 Pulitzer Prize.