American. Highly esteemed poet and author who recited at the inauguration for one American president, Bill Clinton, and received the Presidential Medal of Honor from another, Barack Obama.
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Author of 4 books of poetry and some of the most popular quotes on the Internet.
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Syrian poet working in traditional Arabic tradition with bold elements of surrealism.
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American. Presidential inauguration poet.
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Any poet who reads at a presidential inauguration becomes an instant literary superstar and that's what Richard Blanco did during Barack Obama's second inauguration. He added to his status by being the first openly gay, Latino, and youngest poet to spit at the inauguration. see more on Richard Blanco