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NWF Reads


NWF Reads is an annual celebration of literacy held every April featuring a week-long series of events, ranging from a book drive to cake decorating — all leading up to the main event, a performance and book signing by a featured guest author.

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READS Week 2020 Author: Richard Blanco

"How to Love a Country" poems by Richard Blanco

Photo Credit: richard-blanco.com

“Richard Blanco’s mother, seven months pregnant, and the rest of the family arrived as exiles from Cuba to Madrid where he was born. Forty-five days later, the family immigrated once more to New York City, and eventually settled in Miami. Only a few weeks old, Blanco already belonged to three countries, a foreshadowing of the negotiations of cultural identity, community, and belonging that would shape his life and continue to inform his work. As a poet, memoirist, and essayist, Blanco is a sought-after speaker who captivates audiences around the nation and the world with his dynamic storytelling and powerful readings.  Advocating for diversity, LGBTQ rights, immigration, arts education, cultural exchange, and other important issues of our time, Blanco routinely speaks at a variety of venues and functions, including fundraisers and galas, professional development conferences, middle and high schools, universities, commencement ceremonies, writing conferences, and literary festivals.” – Richard Blanco Biography 

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READS Week 2020 Events

Please note that all event dates are subject to change, and that specific event dates are to be announced at a later time.

Richard Blanco will headline the READS Week Event on April 20, 2020 from 7-8 p.m. in the Sprint Theater, Mattie Kelly Arts Center.

For questions, please contact Dr. Beverly Holmes at [email protected].

April 13-17, 2020 READS Week Events TBA