The Malibu Poet Laureate Poetry Studio has been hosting workshops for six years, and on February 11, they received a virtual tour from Richard Blanco, former President Barack Obama’s 5th Presidential Inaugural Poet.
Blanco was introduced by Kathy Eldon, the founder of Creative Visions, visited Mr. Eric Carrier’s creative writing class at Malibu High School (MHS).
“Mr. Blanco spent two zoom sessions with the students reading his poetry and answering questions,” said Jolynn Regan, poet and director of the City of Malibu Poetry in Schools program, in an email. read one of his most famous poems, ‘Looking for the Gulf Motel,’ as well as sharing his early drafts of the poem that would eventually become “One Today,” the poem he read for Barack Obama’s second inauguration.
Regan said getting Blanco to talk was a great opportunity for Malibu high school students.
“It was an epic moment for all of us to be at this event with Mr. Richard Blanco,” said Regan. “Blanco is the first immigrant, the first Latino, the first openly gay person, and at the time, the youngest person to be the inaugural poet of the United States.”
Jolynn Regan, Poet and Poetry in Malibu City Schools Program Director, Eric Carrier, MHS Creative Writing and English Teacher, Richard Blanco, Poet Extraordinary, Ann Buxie, Current Malibu Poet Laureate, Ricardo Means Ybarra, First Poet Laureate and Malibu Workshop Instructor.