Belonging: Reflections on Identity, Exile, and Home: A Conversation with Richard Blanco in honor of LGBTQ+ Pride Month

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Associate Professor Richard Blanco - the first openly gay person, first Latinx person, the first immigrant and the youngest person to be a presidential inaugural poet - spoke with Emory University’s Karen Stolley about concepts of identity, exile and home.

Belonging is a universal human yearning — we all need someone, someplace, something to belong to and thrive. But what does it mean to belong? What do we belong to, or not, and why? Do we get to choose? Is belonging inclusive or exclusive, or both? Is it a false reality, or a true manifestation of the self? These are the questions Richard Blanco has asked throughout his writing and his often-contradictory identities as both a poet and engineer, as a Cuban-American, as a popular poetic figure yet an academic, and as a straight-raised boy who grew up to become an openly gay man.

Please visit richard-blanco.com to learn more about our guest poet.

Special thanks to the event partners:

  • Florida International University’s Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment
  • Florida International University’s Department of English
  • AJC Decatur Book Festival, presented by Emory University
  • Emory Alumni Association
  • Emory University’s Office of Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Life, Campus Life
  • Emory University’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library
  • Emory University’s Center for Faculty Development and Excellence
  • Emory University’s Department of Spanish & Portuguese
  • Invisible Histories Project

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