One Today: Presidential Inaugural Poet and FIU Alumnus – Richard Blanco

Today, two-time FIU alumnus Richard Blanco joined a very short list of great American poets, including Robert Frost and Maya Angelou, who have had the honor of being selected as inaugural poets. Blanco, who holds an undergraduate degree in engineering and a master’s degree in creative writing from FIU, recited One Today, an original poem he wrote for President Obama’s second inauguration.


For Panthers all around the world this shall stand as one of our proudest moments. Blanco, the son of Cuban exiles and the first Hispanic and gay inaugural poet, embodies the American dream and inspires us all.

Please join me in congratulating Blanco on the great honor of being the fifth inaugural poet.

Watch his presentation here:

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