“Bridges to/from Cuba” …. a blog!
Michael T. Luongo interviews poet Richard Blanco for The New York Times.
When Richard Blanco read his poem “One Today” at President Obama’ssecond inauguration in 2013, he was the first immigrant, Latino and openly gay poet to do so.
Mr. Blanco, 47, was born in Spain and raised in Miami by parents who left Fidel Castro’s Cuba. His book “The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood,” was published last year. With Ruth Behar, a Cuban-born writer and professor at the University of Michigan, he started a blog,Bridges to/from Cuba, to foster dialogue between Cubans on the island and those of the diaspora.
He recently shared his insights about visiting Cuba as it and the United States start normalizing relations. Following are edited excerpts.
Q. Having met President Obama, what were your thoughts when you heard about the changes between the United States and Cuba?
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