Arts

The Takeaway
9:00 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Richard Blanco Wrote His Poem For The Inauguration, Now Here's Yours

The Takeaway wanted your help authoring a people's poem.
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Richard Blanco wasn't the only poet to pen a line for President Barack Obama's second inauguration. Last week, our partners at The Takeaway asked for your help writing a poem for the inauguration. 

Poet Kwame Dawes wrote the first line--"Say 'nation.' In the Wake of quarrels, say 'hope'"--and the audience tweeted the rest of the lines.

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Miami Rap
8:05 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Jin, 'The Chinese Kid Who Raps,' Grows Up

After a failed career at home in the U.S., the Chinese-American rapper Jin found an unexpected second chance at stardom on the other side of the world.
Louis Trinh Courtesy of artist

Originally published on Sat January 19, 2013 7:25 pm

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John Bailly And Richard Blanco
7:00 am
Tue January 22, 2013

SLIDESHOW: Painter John Bailly Makes Images With Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco

Cienfuegos: Bailly was inspired to paint this portrait of Blanco by the line 'There should be nothing here I don't remember'
John Bailly

When Richard Blanco read his inaugural poem, One Today, one of the friends cheering him from afar was South Florida painter John Bailly.

Bailly and Blanco met nearly 20 years ago and bonded over a shared interest in cultural identity. The conversations between friends led to Place of Mind, a collaboration of paintings and poems that has been on display in South Florida and is now on its way to New York.  

Bailly spoke to WLRN about culture, identity and working with Blanco to create the collection of images.

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One Today
1:01 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

AUDIO: Full Text Of Richard Blanco's Poem For The Inauguration

Richard Blanco's poem describes apples, 'arrayed like rainbows begging our praise.'
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Richard Blanco's inaugural poem, One Today, may have addressed the whole nation, but the details were full of South Florida. 

A father's hands callused by cutting sugar cane, a mother who taught Blanco to speak Spanish--these are some of the personal details that worked their way into the poem.

Blanco is the son of Cuban exiles. He was born in Spain and came to Miami as a small child. His poetry draws on images of a childhood spent in a tight-knit South Florida Cuban community.

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Arts
11:32 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Miami Poet Richard Blanco Puts FIU In The Creative Writing Spotlight

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Richard Blanco will likely be Florida International University's most talked-about graduate today.

The 44-year-old is the youngest, first openly gay and first Hispanic inaugural poet.

Blanco has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from FIU as well as a Masters of Fine Arts from FIU's creative writing program.

If it seems like Blanco came out of nowhere, author and Virginia Tech professor Ed Falco begs to differ.

"Well FIU, first of all," he said, "has one of the best poetry programs in the country."

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Arts
10:00 am
Mon January 21, 2013

In D.C. and Delray, 'Poetry' Is The Word On The Street

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From the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to Old School Square in Delray Beach, poetry class is in session.

Today, 44-year-old Richard Blanco, the Miami-raised son of Cuban immigrants, becomes the fifth poet ever to take part in a President's inaugural ceremony.  Blanco is scheduled to read an original poem after President Obama is sworn in for his second term.

Meanwhile, poetry fans are converging upon Delray Beach for the 9th Annual Palm Beach County Poetry Festival, which runs through Saturday.

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Inaugural Poet
6:30 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Why Miami Poet Richard Blanco Embodies Obama’s Winning Coalition

Richard Blanco was selected to be the nation's fifth inaugural poet.
Credit Nico Tucci

Today, Miami poet Richard Blanco will recite the poem he has composed for President Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony.

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Key West Literary Seminar
9:00 am
Sun January 20, 2013

Key West Literary Seminar: On Grief And Reason

Colm Tóibín delivers the John Hersey Memorial Address to open the final session of “Writers on Writers.”
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All this week, we're bringing you stories from the Key West Literary Seminar which runs through this weekend. Cara Cannella originally posted this piece on the KWLS blog.

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Aaron Lebos
10:00 am
Sat January 19, 2013

Local Music: Aaron Lebos On Childhood

Lebos and his guitar
Credit Aaron Lebos

As a child, Aaron Lebos was given a choice of two musical instruments: piano or violin. He chose the piano and spent the next six years dedicated to the instrument, winning five state-wide competitions.

But at the age of 11, he picked up the guitar.

More than a decade later he's still strumming it.

You can hear Aaron’s music in this week’s WLRN story "Piñata," a work of fiction by Jeremy Glazer. You can listen to "Rita" and "Pravda" below:

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Fiction
8:50 am
Sat January 19, 2013

WLRN Fiction: Piñata

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The following is original fiction by Jeremy Glazer. Jeremy is a regular WLRN contributor. 

Every year, on his birthday, for the last twenty-three years, Robert Simmons called the number.

856-3543.

But no one had ever answered before.

“Hello, Robert’s Western Wear,” the voice says, in mock cowboy accent dissolving into a cascade of giggles.

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Richard Blanco
12:34 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

VIDEO: Richard Blanco, Inaugural Poet, Speaks To WLRN

When Richard Blanco takes the stage Monday at President Barack Obama's second inauguration, the poetry community of South Florida will be paying especially close attention.

Blanco was born to Cuban parents in Spain. The family immigrated to the United States and settled in Miami when Blanco was a toddler. He trained to be a civil engineer but a class at Florida International University later launched his poetry career.

Blanco's poetry is full of images from a childhood in South Florida and a Cuban-American household. 

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Literary Cocktails
11:00 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Key West Literary Seminar: How To Drink Like A Writer

Sean Hoard’s Whisky Priest combines Scotch, soda, and Brooklyn Hemispherical apple cider bitters.
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All this week, we're bringing you stories from the Key West Literary Seminar which runs through this weekend. Shayne Benowitz originally posted this piece on the KWLS blog.

Reading Pico Iyer’s The Man Within My Head is one way to get under the influence of Graham Greene. Another is by sampling the cocktails at this year’s seminar.

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On The Auction Block
10:15 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Bidding On The Glitz: Studio 54 Auction In West Palm Beach

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A West Palm Beach art gallery is taking collectors on a trip back in time to the golden -- or silver glitter -- age of disco.

Items from the personal collection of Studio 54 owner Steve Rubell are going on the auction block tomorrow at Palm Beach Modern Auctions.

They include hundreds of photos taken in the hey-day of the legendary New York City nightclub.  Rubell, who died in 1989, was known for his celebrity-studded parties.

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Key West Literary Seminar
7:00 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Key West Writers Weigh In On Key West Chickens

Filmmakers Carey and Jane Winfrey asked dozens of writers their opinions on the area's feral chickens.
Carey Winfrey

Listen to Marva Hinton's interview with Carey and Jane Winfrey.

A short film being screened during this year’s Key West Literary Seminar is a spinoff on the event’s theme - “Writers on Writers.”


“Writers on Chickens” explores the chicken population in Key West through the eyes of writers who live in the city at least part of the year.  

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Miami City Ballet
4:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

What Broward And Palm Beach Ballet-Goers Can Expect From Miami City Ballet's New Program

Daniel Azoulay

Miami City Ballet’s Program II: Tradition and Innovation opens in Fort Lauderdale Friday evening at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts before it heads to West Palm Beach the following weekend.

The program features a couple of ballet staples by choreographer George Balanchine as well as the famous pas de deux from the classic story ballet, Don Quixote, for the 32-fouetté-turns crowd.

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