Renowned poet visits students and judges PTS poetry contest

Renowned poet visits students and judges PTS poetry contest

Richard Blanco

Renowned poet Richard Blanco visited with students at Palmer Trinity School (PTS) on Mar. 27, and agreed to judge the school’s second annual poetry contest, which was judged in 2016 by well-known poet Molly Peacock.

A reception and book signing took place in the school’s main dining room.

Blanco, 44, was born in Spain, but raised and educated in Miami where his mother worked as a bank teller and his father as a bookkeeper. His grandmother — “abuela” in his poems — was a looming and powerful presence in his life.

Family folklore has it that he was named for former president Richard M. Nixon, his father’s favorite because of his stance against Fidel Castro. Richard Blanco took part at the presidential inauguration of Barack Obama in January 2013 where he read his poem, One Today.

“The arts play a vital role in the creative development of our students. It was a great honor to have Richard Blanco as our guest.” said Patrick Roberts, head of school.

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