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Poetry Reading by Richard Blanco
Saturday, January 18 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Join us on Saturday, January 18th, for an afternoon poetry reading with Richard Blanco. You will hear from one of the most beloved and influential poets and storytellers today. The poetry session will be held in the Great Hall of the Stone House at the Deering Estate. This program is made possible by John William Bailly, Artist in Residence, as part of his Fellowship at the Deering Estate and is co-presented with Books & Books.
The poetry reading is from 1 PM- 2 PM., with a reception from 12 PM to 1 PM
COST: free with Estate admission: $15 for adults & $7 for children (ages 4-14).
A selection of books by Richard Blanco will be made available for purchase by Books & Books during this event.
About the Poet
As a historic presidential inaugural poet, public speaker, teacher and memoirist, Richard Blanco continues to travel the world, inviting audiences to reconnect to the heart of the human experience and all of its beautiful diversity. Through the power of his words and presence, Blanco taps into our unspoken dreams, hopes and frustrations. He captures the human spirit and condition, in all of its complexities, opening up our minds and encouraging us to see beyond our differences to share in the universal experience of our humanity. Just as Carl Sagan brought cosmology into our living rooms, Blanco is appealing to audiences everywhere and inspiring a new way to think and feel about the poetry of our day, making it an accessible, inclusive and transformative part of our everyday lives.
About the Artist
John William Bailly is a French–American artist born in the UK. He received his MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale University, and has been a Faculty Fellow of the Honors College at Florida International University since 2004. His work explores history and culture, with an emphasis on the Transatlantic dialogue. His paintings explore the question of how we are who we are in relation to history, place, and culture. His works have been exhibited at University of Maine Museum of Art, Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Art, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Texas State University, as well as other venues in the US and France. He was awarded the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Visual and Media Artists and a State of Florida Individual Artist Grant. In 2007, Bailly and critically acclaimed poet Richard Blanco produced a collaborative project, Place of Mind. At FIU, Bailly is the Faculty Director of Honors France, Italy, and Spain study abroad, annually leading students throughout Western Europe for three months. He has been awarded two Excellence in Teaching awards and a European Union grant for course development. John W Bailly is represented by ClampArt in New York and LnS Gallery in Miami.