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In a recent interview with the Miami New Times, English Professor Richard Blanco discussed his tips and tricks to writing as well as his personal experience as a writer. And if you want to learn how to write, there’s pretty much no one better qualified to instruct you on poetry than Blanco.

He’s an education ambassador for the Academy of American Poets, teaching educators the importance of poetry and showing them how to teach it to their students. He was a distinguished visiting professor last year at FIU— his two-time alma mater — and will teach there this fall. Blanco calls it “a great joy and such an amazing experience” and admires the students for their spirit and confidence. He’ll teach Poetry as Muse, which examines contemporary and historic poems in light of news, media, and pop culture.

He’s also teaming up with artist John Bailly at the Honors College for “Poetry Art Community” to take students to cultural and historic landmarks such as Vizcaya and PAMM to paint, photograph, and write and then share their works with the public.

Read the full interview to learn more about writing.