- Associated Press - Thursday, August 13, 2015

BETHEL, Maine (AP) - Cuban-American poet Richard Blanco of Maine is going to participate in the re-opening of the U.S. Embassy in Havana.

Blanco is traveling to the island nation to read a new poem commemorating the event on Friday.

Blanco, who wrote and delivered the poem “One Today” for President Obama’s second inauguration, said he’s “humbled, honored, and elated” to participate in the embassy event in Cuba.

Blanco was born in Spain and came to the U.S. with his Cuban-born parents in 1968. Last year, he released a memoir describing his childhood in Florida.

Blanco, who now lives in Bethel, Maine, said it’ll be emotional for him to “not only witness this historic moment but also to be asked to be part of it.”


This story has been corrected to show that Blanco was born in Spain.

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