OFFSITE TICKETED EVENT: Richard Blanco presents his new poetry collection HOMELAND OF MY BODY with Governor Janet Mills

Friday, March 15, 2024 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

This event has been rescheduled from the original October date. All prior tickets will be honored. If you're unable to come you may request a refund via Eventbrite.

Sponsored by Print: A Bookstore, and Mechanics' Hall

Location: Mechanics' Hall at 519 Congress Street

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Join us for an unforgettable evening of poetry, conversation, and celebration with acclaimed poet Richard Blanco and Governor Janet Mills. Blanco will visit Mechanics' Hall to celebrate his new collection, Homeland of My Body.

Doors will open at 5:30 - arrive early to enjoy refreshments and claim your seats. The reading & conversation will begin at 6:30. Following the conversation, Richard and Governor Mills will stay to sign books & poems.

About Richard Blanco: As a historic presidential inaugural poet, public speaker, teacher, and memoirist, he continues to travel the world, inviting audiences to reconnect to the heart of the human experience and all of its beautiful diversity. Blanco taps into our unspoken dreams, hopes and frustrations through the power of his words and presence. He captures the human spirit and condition, in all of its complexities, opening up our minds and encouraging us to see beyond our differences to share in the universal experience of our humanity. Just as Carl Sagan brought cosmology into our living rooms, Blanco is appealing to audiences everywhere and inspiring a new way to think and feel about the poetry of our day, making it an accessible, inclusive and transformative part of our everyday lives

About Homeland of My Body: In this collection of over 100 poems, Richard Blanco has carefully selected poems from his previous books that represent his evolution as a writer grappling with his identity, working to find and define "home," and bookended them with new poems that address those issues from a fresh, more mature perspective, allowing him to approach surrendering the pain and urgency of his past explorations. Pausing at this pivotal moment in mid-career, Blanco reexamines his life-long quest to find his proverbial home and all that it encompasses: love, family, identity and ultimately art itself. In the closing section of the volume, he has come to understand and internalize the idea that "home" is not one place, not one thing, and lives both inside him and inside his art.

"An exceptional mid-career snapshot of a trailblazing poet's remarkable journey." — Diego Báez, Booklist.

“Blanco’s poems are journeys to a homeland within the heart, a welcome homecoming earned from a lifetime’s wise voyaging.” – Sandra Cisneros

“What I love about Blanco’s work is the lustiness of the poems; they have bodies, there’s such sensuality to the language, such flexibility to the line; and they display such delight in form, an unapologetic love for the world. He has become a poet who sings for all of us with the inclusivity and passion of a Whitman and the particularity and absorption in the quotidian of a William Carlos Williams, the street smarts of a Langston Hughes, the oratorical grandness of an MLK.” – Julia Alvarez

About Governor Janet Mills: Janet T. Mills was sworn in as the 75th Governor of Maine on January 2, 2019. Governor Mills is the first woman governor of Maine. In her historic victories, she earned more votes than any governor in Maine history. In addition to being Governor, she is also a writer and her letters and journal entries were featured in Shannon Mullen's In Other Words, Leadership: How a Young Mother's Weekly Letters to Her Governor Helped Both Women Brave the First Pandemic Year.

Homeland of My Body: New and Selected Poems By Richard Blanco Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807012970
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: Beacon Press - October 24th, 2023

Event address: 
Mechanics' Hall
519 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101