Openly gay Cuban-American poet Richard Blanco writes today on Facebook:
“I’ve had to keep this a secret for months, but it’s finally out: the US Department of State has asked me to write a poem for the re-opening of the US Embassy in Cuba, which I will read at the ceremony on August 14th in Havana! So incredibly emotional for me—not only to witness this historic moment, but also to be asked to be part of it. I’m humbled, honored, and elated.”
In 2012 Blanco became the first openly gay poet to read at a presidential inauguration. See today’s MSNBC interview with Blanco here.