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On Saturday, November 1, a celebration of 25 years of the MFA program in Creative Writing at FIU will feature special guest, Richard Blanco, 2013 Inaugural Poet and MFA alumnus. The event will be held at 8 PM at the Coral Cables Congregational Church (across the street from the Biltmore Hotel, and will be free and open to the public. For information and to reserve a place at this event, please go to our website.

Award-winning poet Richard Blanco has turned to prose for his memoir The Prince of Los Cocuyos, just published by Ecco Press. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly says, “Blanco has a natural, unforced style that allows his characters’ vibrancy and humor to shine through.” O Magazine adds, “In this vibrant memoir, Obama-inaugural poet Richard Blanco tenderly, exhilaratingly chronicles his Miami childhood amid a colorful, if suffocating, family of Cuban exiles, as well as his quest to find his artistic voice and the courage to accept himself as a gay man.” You can listen to Blanco discuss the book in this NPR interview and learn about appearances on his book tour on his website.