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Richard Blanco's poems have appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, Ploughshares, Michigan Quarterly Review and TriQuarterly Review; and several anthologies including, The Best American Poetry, Great American Prose Poems, Breadloaf Anthology of New American Poets and American Poetry: The Next Generation. He has been featured on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, and various conferences and venues including the Miami Book Fair, The Southern Writers Conference, The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, the Dodge Poetry Festival, and The Poetry Center at Smith College. Blanco is recipient of two Florida Artist Fellowships, a Residency Fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and is a John Ciardi Fellow of the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. His books include City of a Hundred Fires, Directions to The Beach of the Dead, and Looking for The Gulf Motel, which was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2012.