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Richard Blanco

Richard Blanco, the fifth inaugural poet of the United States, is the youngest, first Latino, first immigrant, and first gay writer to hold this honor. In this year's fifth annual celebration of poetry at Berwick Academy, student poets and musicians join Blanco to explore their own One Day.

In For All Of Us, One Today, Blanco brings his readers into the car with him as he receives the phone call telling him that he has been chosen as the poet for President Obama's second inauguration.

Blanco lifts up his spirits like an offering of trust and love. He asks us to connect with him and each other to find what we have in common in order to understand our differences.

Berwick Academy

Berwick Academy, situated on an 80-acre campus just over one hour north of Boston, serves 550 students, Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 and Post-Graduates. Berwick students are from Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and several countries. Deeply committed to its mission of promoting virtue and useful knowledge, Berwick Academy empowers students to be creative and bold. Berwick strives to graduate alumni who shape their own learning, take risks, ask thoughtful questions, and come to understand and celebrate their authentic selves.