Richard Blanco

Richard Blanco
Richard Blanco, presidential inaugural poet, was the Lunder Institute artist-in-residence in spring 2018. He taught a course on poetry and art, led community workshops, and gave a public talk 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. 

Spring 2018 Course

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 studied methods for teaching poetry and art as experiences that involve deep noticing, wonder, and discovery. Students developed 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 visited local area schools and served as guest teachers following the lesson plans they 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

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

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

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 worked with Colby students enrolled in Blanco’s course, Teach This Poem: Poetry and Art in Education, read their poetry in the Museum’s lobby.