Inaugural poet Richard Blanco -- the first gay person to be so honored -- will make several South Florida appearances this week.
Blanco, who grew up in Miami and also is the first Hispanic Inaugural poet, will speak Wednesday at the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council's Plum Blush of Dusk Soirée at the Ritz-Carleton in Palm Beach.
From Palm Beach County Human Rights Council:
The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach is honored to host the "pop star poet" on his first visit to the Palm Beaches. PBCHRC's 25th anniversary kick-off event is a perfect way to honor Mr. Blanco as an artist and celebrate the diversity of our community.
The 15 minute poetry reading and reception (cash bar) will be an intimate gathering held by the firepit on the hotel's oceanfront terrace from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday May 1st.
Prior to the poetry reading, a very limited capacity VIP "meet and greet" will be held in the hotel's Presidential Suite, an amazing oceanfront space designed to bring luxurious fun and cheeky character to a traditionally proper suite. A wall uniquely dedicated to "shoe art" adds to the unexpected tone of the Presidential Suite. Miami native Robert Tabor designed the shoes, all of which pay tribute to past First Ladies and other worldly dignitaries. The Hilary Clinton shoe is a high-powered blue pin stripe pump with a heel prominently spiked through a dog house (aptly labeled, Bill). The Barbara Bush shoe is a classic orthopedic wing tip in signature blue fashion with a red ribbon tie, topped by her famous three-strand pearls. The Jackie Kennedy shoe is a '60's style square toe, covered in pink wool boucle and pill box hat. Other shoes include Betty Ford, Margaret Thatcher, Marie Antoinette, Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth and, of course, Michelle Obama.
To attend the poetry reading and reception, click on the "Make a Donation with PayPal" link to your left and donate $40. (For each increment of $40 donated, a ticket will be set side under your name for the poetry reading and the reception being held from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.).
To attend the VIP event (including the poetry reading and reception), click on the "Make a Donation with PayPal" link to your left and donate $250. (For each increment of $250 donated, a ticket will be set side under your name for the VIP event being held from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., as well as for the the Poetry Reading and the reception).
Checks may also be sent to PBCHRC at P.O. Box 267, West Palm Beach, Florida 33402.
Friday night, Blanco will have a reading at St. Philip's Episcopal Church, 1121 Andalusia Ave. in Coral Gables.
The evening will begin with a private reception at 6pm and then the reading at 7:30pm. The cost of the reception and reading is $150 and the reading is only $50. The event is a fundraiser to benefit a documentary that is being produced about Our Little Roses, a ministry program supported by the Episcopal Diocese of Miami that helps abused girls in Honduras.