The College of the Florida Keys and the Florida Humanities Council will host two live readings from nationally acclaimed poets. The first will be Richard Blanco on Thursday, March 25, 2021 and the second will be Ross Gay on Thursday, April 29, 2021. They will be reading some of their works and taking questions from the audience. These will largely be virtual events. However, there is limited seating available in the CFK Library during the live streams of the events.

Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Richard Blanco

Thursday, March 25, 2021 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Selected by President Obama as the fifth inaugural poet in U.S. history, Richard Blanco is the first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role. Born in Madrid to Cuban exile parents and raised in Miami, the negotiation of cultural identity characterizes his four collections of poetry: How To Love a Country, City of a Hundred Fires, Directions to The Beach of the Dead, and Looking for The Gulf Motel.

Ross Gay

Thursday, April 29, 2021 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Ross Gay is the author of four books of poetry: Against Which; Bringing the Shovel Down; Be Holding; and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. His new poem, Be Holding, was released from the University of Pittsburgh Press in September of 2020. His collection of essays, The Book of Delights, was released by Algonquin Books in 2019.