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Richard Blanco the first gay, first Hispanic, youngest inauguration poet

Richard Blanco, a Cuban-American poet whose work has explored his immigrant roots and homosexual awakening, will deliver the poem at President Obama’s inauguration this month, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced Wednesday.

Blanco will become the youngest inaugural poet and the first Hispanic poet to recite a poem at the swearing-in ceremony, the committee said.

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