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Richard Blanco, gay son of Cuban exiles and former Miami resident, named inauguration's poet

Miami Herald Staff

Poet Richard Blanco, a gay son of Cuban exiles who lived and studied in Miami, has been chosen as the inaugural poet for President Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony later this month.

The inaugural committee announced the choice on Wednesday.

“In many ways, this is the very ‘stuff’ of the American Dream, which underlies so much of my work and my life’s story—America’s story, really," Blanco said. "I am thrilled by the thought of coming together during this great occasion to celebrate our country and its people through the power of poetry.”

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