Seattle Reads 2014: If You Like Richard Blanco's "For All of Us, One Today" -- Fiction
Annotation:In this scathingly inventive tragicomedy, Arenas plays out the dire injustices and absurdities he experienced as an openly gay poet in Castro’s Cuba.
Annotation:Enrolled in the same writing program, ambitious young poets Bernard and Roman pursue a lifelong quest for truth and beauty, but only one of them will achieve fame.
Annotation:This lush meditation on belonging and exile is told in a beguiling variety of voices and multiplicity of styles, presented in a fictional anthology of the Cuban experience.
Annotation:Blanco tells of his experiences as 2013 inaugural poet, the fifth in history, the youngest, first immigrant, first Latino, first openly gay writer to hold the honor. He reveals the inspiration and challenges behind the creation of the poem, “One Today,” and reflects on his life-changing role as a public voice after the inauguration.
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Richard Blanco's "For All of Us, One Today" is the 2014 Seattle Reads selection. In addition to these reading suggestions, you can find the complete reading group guide here: http://goo.gl/B7VU4.