Friday, June 19, 2015

America's Inaugural Poet Visits Cuba Amid Warming With US - The New York Times

Blanco made his first trip to Cuba after President Bill Clinton loosened travel restrictions in the 1990s. In 2012, he became a symbol of modern America when he was selected to be the inaugural poet at President Barack Obama's swearing-in — the first Latino, the first openly gay person and the first immigrant to hold the title. This week, Blanco, 47, flew to his parents' homeland after more than a half decade away as part of an effort to accompany the warming of diplomatic and economic ties with an emotional reconciliation through art and literature.

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