|Richard Blanco (Dodge Poetry site)|
A longtime resident of Miami and a trained civil engineer who practiced that profession for a while before returning to Florida International University to study poetry and writing, Blanco now lives in Maine and writes full-time. He has published three books of poetry, the first of which, City of a Hundred Fires, won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize and was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 1997.
According to Stolberg's article, he was selected on December 12, and has been drafting three poems, one of which will be selected by Obama and his team for inauguration day. Congratulations, Richard Blanco, and great choice, President Obama!
Richard Blanco's personal website
Richard Blanco on the Poetry Foundation website
Richard Blanco's poetry, Beltway Poetry Quarterly
An interview with Richard Blanco, Poetry Society of America website
Richard Blanco at Dodge Poetry