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.
At Muvico Broward 18 – better known as “Muvico Pompano” -- there's a red carpet rolled out in front of Cinema 6. Inside, the projectionist is running "Edge of Salvation," a new film by Los Angeles-based director Luciano Saber.
"Actually, my publicist suggested it because she had opened another movie here,” says Saber. “So I said, 'Alright, let's do it in Pompano Beach, Florida. Why not?' "
If you think writers from all around the world have been descending upon Key West for 31 years to escape cruddy winter weather while knocking back a rum runner or two and discussing their work, you probably won’t get an argument from them.
Chef and culinary historian Maricel Presilla owns two restaurants and has written many cookbooks. But her newest book, Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America, is her attempt to give fans a heaping helping of the many cultures she blends into her world.
"It's my whole life," she tells Morning Edition host David Greene. "There are recipes there of my childhood, things that I remember my family, my aunts doing. But also things that I learned as I started to travel Latin America."
Reporter Patricia Sagastume spoke with poet Kwame Dawes about one specific love story within Voices of Haiti.
The devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti demolished the country's health care system along with everything else.
But from the ruins came Voices of Haiti -- an odyssey in verse that grew out of a commission from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to document HIV/AIDS after the quake. The multimedia project, which came to the University of Miami this year, blends Haitian voices to conjure up images of strength, hope and faith.