Wordsmiths Reading Series (Poetry & Prose)

The Wordsmiths Reading Series is sponsored by the College’s Cultural Programming Committee and the Department of Language and Literature. Events are free, open to the community, and generally held in the Orangery at the College's Newtown Campus. For more information about past and future events, call 215-968-8150.

Richard Blanco with the winners of the Youth LGBT Poetry Competition - Friday, December 2, 2016, 7:30 p.m. Gallagher Room, Rollins Student Center

Richard Blanco, born in Cuba, was President Obama’s 2013 Inaugural Poet. Author of four books of poetry, including Looking for the Gulf Motel, and the memoir The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood, winner of a Lambda Literary award, Blanco will read with the winners of the Rainbow Room and Attic poetry competition for LGBT youth.

“Blanco’s contributions to the fields of poetry and the arts have already paved the path forward for future generations of writers. Richard’s writing will be wonderfully fitting for an Inaugural that will celebrate the strength of the American people and our nation’s great diversity.” —President Barack Obama