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Subseries 1.2
Occasional and commissioned poetry, 2012-2016
Boxes 4 - 8 and 41

Scope and Content Note

The subseries consists of occasional and commissioned poetry written by Richard Blanco from 2012-2016 and includes poem drafts, notes, editor's comments, contracts, correspondence, promotional materials, and event memorabilia. The majority of the subseries relates to Blanco's poem "One Today," which was written for and presented at the 57th Presidential Inauguration for President Barack Obama in 2013. The subseries contains drafts of the inaugural poem "One Today," drafts of the poems "Knowing Country" and "Mother Country," which were written for the inauguration but not read at the event, drafts of Blanco's memoir For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet's Journey (2013), and drafts of the children's book One Today (2015). "One Today" materials include the reading binder that Blanco read from during the inauguration, personal and professional photographs of the event, event programs, articles written about Blanco's part in the ceremony, and a thank you letter from Barack Obama to Blanco. The subseries also contains poems that Blanco wrote and presented in the wake of national tragedies. "Boston Strong" was written after the Boston Marathon bombing (2013) for the Boston Strong Concert and deals with themes such as community solidarity, sacrifice, and heroism. "One Pulse--One Poem" was written in response to the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida (2016). Sexuality and cultural identity are central concepts in this poem. Occasional and commissioned poetry also includes poems Blanco wrote in celebration of historic events, such as "Matters of the Sea", which was written for and presented at the reopening of the American Embassy in Havana, Cuba (2015), and "Until We Could," written for Freedom to Marry's Tenth Anniversary.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in alphabetical order by title.

Box Folder Content
41 - "Boston Strong," baseball cap, circa 2013
4 11 "Boston Strong," book, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013
4 12 "Boston Strong," "Boston Strong: An Evening of Support and Celebration," flier, 2013 May 30
AV1 - "Boston Strong," "Boston Strong: The Poem," 2013 [original: CD]
4 13 "Boston Strong," drafts and editor comments, 2013
41 - "Boston Strong," hanging flier, 2013
4 14 "Boston Strong," memorabilia, 2013
AV1 - "Boston Strong," "Outlook Studios Record," 2013 May 27 [original: CD]
4 15 "Boston Strong," photograph of Blanco, undated
4 16 For All of US, One Today, bookmark, undated
4 17 For All of US, One Today, contract, Beacon Press, 2013
4 18 For All of US, One Today, correspondence, 2013
4 19 For All of US, One Today, draft, edited by Mark Neveu, 2013 August 26 [1 of 2]
4 20 For All of US, One Today, draft, edited by Mark Neveu, 2013 August 26 [2 of 2]
4 21 For All of US, One Today, draft, 2013 August 26 [1 of 2]
4 22 For All of US, One Today, draft, 2013 August 26 [2 of 2]
5 1 For All of US, One Today, drafts, version 1, undated
5 2 For All of US, One Today, drafts, version 2, undated
5 3 For All of US, One Today, drafts, version 4, undated [1 of 3]
5 4 For All of US, One Today, drafts, version 4, undated [2 of 3]
5 5 For All of US, One Today, drafts, version 4, undated [3 of 3]
5 6 For All of US, One Today, drafts, version 6, undated [1 of 2]
5 7 For All of US, One Today, drafts, version 6, undated [2 of 2]
5 8 For All of US, One Today, drafts, version 7, 2013
5 9 For All of US, One Today, drafts, undated [1 of 2]
5 10 For All of US, One Today, drafts, undated [2 of 2]
5 11 For All of US, One Today, editor comments, undated
5 12 For All of US, One Today, memorandum of agreement, W.W. Norton & Company, 2013
5 13 For All of US, One Today, notes, undated
5 14 For All of US, One Today, publicity plan, Beacon Press, 2013
5 15 For All of US, One Today, theatrical adaptation, Annie Lareau, undated
5 16 For All of US, One Today, uncorrected manuscript, 2013 August 6 [1 of 2]
5 17 For All of US, One Today, uncorrected manuscript, 2013 August 6 [2 of 2]
5 18 "The Genius of Love and Stars," drafts and notes, undated
5 19 "Gershwin Night in Havana," lyrics, drafts and notes, undated
5 20 "Knowing Country," The 57th Presidential Inauguration, drafts and notes, 2012-2013 [1 of 2]
5 21 "Knowing Country," The 57th Presidential Inauguration, drafts and notes, 2012-2013 [2 of 2]
AV1 - "Mango No. 61," 1998 [original: paper bag with speaker]
6 1 "Matters of the Sea," contract, University of Pittsburgh Press, undated
6 2 "Matters of the Sea," drafts, undated
6 3 "Matters of the Sea," U.S. Embassy re-opening in Havana, Cuba, memorabilia, 2015 August 14
6 4 "Matters of the Sea," U.S. Embassy re-opening in Havana, Cuba, reading binder, 2015 August 14
6 5 "Matters of the Sea," U.S. Embassy re-opening in Havana, Cuba, speaking engagement notes, 2015 August 14
6 6 "Mother Country," The 57th Presidential Inauguration, drafts, 2013
6 7 "One Pulse-One Poem," publishing agreement, Bullets Into Bells: Poets & Citizens Respond to Gun Violence in the U.S., Beacon Press, 2016
6 8 "One Today," 4th grade students' artwork, 2015
6 9 "One Today," 4th grade students' poems, undated
6 10 "One Today," 6th grade students' artwork, undated [1]
6 11 "One Today," 6th grade students' artwork, undated [2]
AV1 - "One Today," The 57th Presidential Inauguration, 2013 January 21 [original: DVD]
6 12 "One Today," The 57th Presidential Inauguration, articles, 2013 January
6 13 "One Today," The 57th Presidential Inauguration, brochure, 2013
7 1 "One Today," The 57th Presidential Inauguration, drafts, 2013
7 2 "One Today," The 57th Presidential Inauguration, envelope, 2013
7 3 "One Today," The 57th Presidential Inauguration, invitation, 2013 January 7
7 4 "One Today," The 57th Presidential Inauguration, Latino Inaugural Performance, playbill, 2013 January 20
7 5 "One Today," The 57th Presidential Inauguration, Latino Inaugural Performance, program, 2013 January 20
7 6 "One Today," The 57th Presidential Inauguration, letter from Barack Obama, 2013 August 14
7 7 "One Today," The 57th Presidential Inauguration, parade program, 2013 January 21
7 8 "One Today," The 57th Presidential Inauguration, photographs, 2013 January 21
7 9 "One Today," The 57th Presidential Inauguration, press release, 2013 January
7 10 "One Today," The 57th Presidential Inauguration, programs, 2013 January 21
7 11 "One Today," The 57th Presidential Inauguration, reading binder, 2013 January 21
7 12 "One Today," The 57th Presidential Inauguration, research, 2013 January
7 13 "One Today," The 57th Presidential Inauguration, schedule and instructions, 2013 January
7 14 "One Today," The 57th Presidential Inauguration, scrapbook, circa 2013
7 15 "One Today," The 57th Presidential Inauguration, tickets, 2013 January
7 16 "One Today," Bengali translation and publication, 2013 July
7 17 "One Today," concert music, Tom Davis, 2016
7 18 "One Today," concert program, 2016 October 23
7 19 "One Today," contracts, HarperCollins Publishers, 2013 November
7 20 "One Today," correspondence, 2012-2013
7 21 "One Today," "An Evening of Poetry with Richard Blanco," program, 2013 February 26
7 22 "One Today," Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco in Conversation with Elizabeth Alexander Inaugural Poet (2009), flier, 2013 February 5
7 23 "One Today," interview notes, undated
7 24 "One Today," itinerary and to-do lists, undated
7 25 "One Today," Los Angeles Literary and Media Services publicity plan, 2013
7 26 "One Today," postcard, 2013
8 1 "One Today," strategic partnership opportunity, 2013
AV1 - "One Today," studio and live recordings, 2013 [original: CD]
8 2 "One Today," trademark, 2013
8 3 One Today, correspondence, 2013-2014
8 4 One Today, drafts, undated
8 5 One Today, postcard, undated
8 6 One Today, uncorrected proofs, 2015
8 7 "Until We Could," Freedom to Marry's Tenth Anniversary, brochures, 2013
8 8 "Until We Could," Freedom to Marry's Tenth Anniversary, flier, 2014
8 9 "Until We Could," Freedom to Marry's Tenth Anniversary, licensing and publishing agreements, 2013-2015
8 10 "Until We Could," Freedom to Marry's Tenth Anniversary, poem and programs, 2014 April 2014
8 11 "Until We Could," Freedom to Marry's Tenth Anniversary, print, Evan Wall, 2013
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