Richard Blanco

Richard Blanco
The Museum’s Lunder Institute for American Art welcomes Richard Blanco, presidential inaugural poet, as artist in residence for the spring semester in 2018. During his residency, Blanco will teach a course on poetry and art, lead community workshops, and give a public talk on the meaning of home, including poems from his latest book, Boundaries, a collaborative project with landscape photographer Jacob Bond Hessler. 

Spring 2018 Course (ongoing)

English 298s Teach This Poem: Poetry and Art in Education
Richard Blanco and Professor of English Michael Burke

Informed by the aesthetic education principles of John Dewey and Maxine Greene, students will study methods for teaching poetry and art as experiences that involve deep noticing, wonder, and discovery. Students will develop short lesson plans modeled after Teach This Poem resources from the Academy of American Poets, meant to empower educators with easier and more effective ways to bring poetry and art into the classroom. Students will visit local area schools and serve as guest teachers following the lesson plans they have developed to inspire students and educators with a more profound understanding of, and an enthusiasm for, the life-enriching power and relevance of poetry and art.

Tuesday, February 27


Reception: 5 pm, William D. Adams Gallery
Reading: 6 pm, Given Auditorium
Private VIP dinner and Boundaries book signing: 7-9 pm, Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center

The Museum’s Lunder Institute for American Art welcomes Richard Blanco, artist in residence and presidential inaugural poet. Blanco will read and discuss selections of his inspiring work centered on the meaning of home, including poems from his latest book, Boundaries, a collaborative project with landscape photographer Jacob Bond Hessler. Blanco’s poems and Hessler’s photographs together investigate the boundaries of race, gender, class, and ethnicity and challenge the dividing lines—both historical and current—that shadow America.

More about Boundaries, Two Pound Press

Photo by Craig Dilger

February 19 and 20

Poetry workshops for teachers

Mirken Education Center, Colby Museum of Art

Richard Blanco will lead two sessions of a poetry workshop for area teachers. (Update: Registration is closed.)

Richard Blanco

March 13 and March 20


Tuesday, March 13, 4–6 pm
Waterville Public Library: 207-872-5433
Tuesday, March 20, 4–6 pm
KVCAP South End Teen Center: 207-873-5621

Lunder Institute artist in residence Richard Blanco will explore with participants how the reading and writing of poetry connects us to our deeper selves and our emotional wounds. These workshops are free and open to the public. Space is limited and preregistration is required. To register, call the numbers listed above.

Photo by Joyce Tenneson

May 8

Children’s Poetry Reading at the Colby Museum of Art

Tuesday, May 8, 6:30-8 pm
William D. Adams Gallery
Colby College Museum of Art

Children enrolled in the Alfond Youth Center’s after-school program, who have worked with Colby students enrolled in Blanco’s course, Teach This Poem: Poetry and Art in Education, will read their poetry in the Museum’s lobby.