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  • Maine's Richard Blanco to read poem at Embassy reopening in Havana

    President Obama's second inagual address where Richard Blanco read his poem. photo by Ramona du Houx

    Cuban-American poet Richard Blanco of Bethel,Maine is traveling to Cuba to read a new poem at the re-opening of the U.S. Embassy in Havana.

    Blanco announced his return to Cuba on social media, saying it'll be emotional for him to "not only witness this historic moment but also to be asked to be part of it."

    Blanco was born in the island nation. He wrote and delivered the poem "One Today" for President Obama's second inauguration. Since then he's enjoyed celebrity status and released a memoir about his childhood as the son of immigrants in Florida,last year. He has had many public appearances.

    When asked about writing a poem and delivering it at the US embassy reopening event in Cuba he said he's "humbled, honored, and elated" to participate.