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Poet Richard Blanco Returns to San Miguel

By Susan Page

At the Writers’ Conference last February, the breathtaking keynote address by Richard Blanco, Obama’s second inaugural poet, was the talk of the entire conference. People who heard it still can’t adequately express how moved and inspired they felt upon hearing Blanco speak and having the chance to meet him. His writing and his poetry are accessible and stir the soul, even for non-poetry lovers.

San Miguel Literary Sala
Summer Literary Festival
Richard Blanco, President Obama’s second inaugural poet
Fri, Aug 28–Sun, Aug 30
Aldea Hotel, Ancha de San Antonio 15
Bellas Artes Auditorium, Hernández Macias
Ticket prices vary for different events


Blanco is retuning to San Miguel for an entire weekend of activities, August 28 to 30. And the Literary Sala has selected his memoir, The Prince of Cocuyos, for a summer community-wide Big Read.

Keynote Address and On-Stage Conversation

Blanco’s keynote address will take place on August 28 at 6pm at the Aldea Hotel. In a second public presentation on August 30 at 6pm, he will appear on stage in conversation with Sandra Cisneros, author of the classic bestseller The House on Mango Street, the novel Caramelo, and numerous other writings. Tickets for the keynote address and the conversation are US$25 or $350 pesos each.

Workshop for Writers

On August 29, 10am-1pm, Blanco will offer a workshop for writers and poets, limited to 50 participants. This will also be held at the Aldea Hotel. US$75 or $1,100 pesos each.

“My First Book” Brunch

On August 30 at 12:30pm, Mr. Blanco has agreed to attend a lavish brunch in his honor at the Rosewood Hotel. This event, entitled “My First Book,” is a benefit for the Literary Sala’s reading appreciation programs for young children in rural communities near San Miguel. US$75 or $1,100 pesos. Attendance is limited to 50 people.

Spanish Language Presentation

Free to the public and presented in Spanish will be a second on-stage conversation with Richard Blanco and Sandra Cisneros. This event will be held on August 29 at 6pm at Bellas Artes auditorium on Hernández Macias. No tickets are necessary for this event. Just arrive early to ensure a seat.

Private Consultations

On Friday and Sunday mornings, Mr. Blanco will have time for private consultations with 10 poets or writers. The cost is US$100 for a 30 minute consultation.


Tickets for all of the above events are available online ( or in person at the Literary Sala Author Reading on Thursday, August 13, at the Aldea Hotel from 5 to 7pm. You may also purchase tickets in person at Bellas Artes on Wednesday, July 22, from 1 to 3pm.

Summer Big Read

Richard Blanco’s fascinating memoir, The Prince of Cocuyos, will be available for purchase in the Tienda of La Biblioteca. We encourage everyone to read it before Richard Blanco arrives in town. For full information and to purchase tickets, visit


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