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Fred Arroyo & Richard Blanco

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Catalog Number: 20141010, 20130920

Part of UMKC's celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month in 2012, this public reading features writers of Cuban and Puerto Rican heritage, Richard Blanco (shown) and Fred Arroyo. Richard Blanco shares his experience growing up torn between Cuban and American cultures and reads poems from his melodic 2012 collection, Looking for the Gulf Motel. An openly gay poet, he was also the first Latino to be chosen as an inaugural poet (President Obama’s second inauguration). Fred Arroyo, author of the 2012 book, Western Avenue and Other Fictions, also writes poetry and essays about the lives of working-class Hispanics, who are defined by their language, identity, and place. LatinoStories.com named him one of the Top Ten New Latino Writers to watch in 2009 after the publication of his novel, The Region of Lost Names.

| Subject Matter: Latino Heritage, Language, Identity, Place | Interview Year: 2012 | Genre: Poetry | Awards: Top Ten New Latino Writers to Watch, Inaugural Poet |

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