Richard Blanco Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 04 Mar, 2021
Facts of Richard Blanco
Date of Birth: 1968 , February-15
Age: 53 years old
Birth Nation: Spain
Name Richard Blanco
Birth Name Richard Blanco
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Madrid, Spain
Profession Poet, Public Speaker, Civil Engineer, Professor, Memoirist, Author
Education Florida International University
Online Presence Twitter, Official Site
Books The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood, For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet's Journey, Until We Could Film, Looking for the Gulf Motel, Directions to the Beach of the Dead, City of a Hundred Fires, Nowhere but Here, Boston Strong: The Poem
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Richard Blanco is an American poet, author, public speaker, civil engineer, and the youngest person to read their poem at a United States presidential inauguration; the openly gay Blanco having performed his poem "One Today" at Barack Obama's second inauguration. 

How Old is Richard Blanco? 

Richard Blanco was born on February 15, 1968, in Madrid, Spain, to Cuban immigrants, before his family moved to New York City, New York. He grew up in Miami, Florida. At the time of this writing, Blanco is 53 years old. 

Richard is a graduate of Florida International University, from where he completed both his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (in 1991) and Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (in 1997).   

Is Richard Blanco Gay? Who Is His Partner?  

Richard Blanco is openly gay and his struggles of being gay in a conservative Cuban household is the basis of many of his works.  

Blanco resides in Bethel, Maine with his partner, Dr. Mark Neveu, a research scientist and the founder and CEO of Wellomics LLC. 

What is Richard Blanco Known For?

 After receiving his degree in civil engineering, Richard Blanco worked as a consulting civil engineer at a firm in Florida. Dissatisfied with his work, Blanco began writing creatively.    

He is a published author and poet and has no less than a dozen published books to his name. Some of his most famous works include 1998's City of a Hundred Fires, 2004's Nowhere But Here, 2005's Directions to the Beach of the Dead, 2012's Looking for the Gulf Motel, 2013's For All of Us, One Today, 2014's The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood, 2017's Boundaries, and 2019's How to Love a Country.

Richard Blanco performing at President Barack Obama's second inauguration in 2013 SOURCE: MSNBC News

In 2013, Blanco was named the inaugural poet to perform at the United States presidential inauguration ceremony of President Barack Obama for his second term as the President of the United States. He read his poem "One Today", becoming the first Latino-born, first openly gay, and the youngest poet to perform at the ceremony.   

Blanco is also an educator and has taught at Georgetown University, Central Connecticut State University, American University, Wesleyan University, Colby College, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Carlow University. 

He currently teaches at his alma mater, Florida International University.        

How Much is Richard Blanco Worth in 2021?

Richard Blanco's official net worth is still to be determined. However, based on reports from some sources, he is believed to unofficially be worth somewhere around $1 million as of March 2021. He is the youngest person (as well as the first Latino and first gay person) ever to read a poem at a United States presidential inauguration. 

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