Community Book Discussion: Prince of Los Cocuyos by Richard Blanco

The Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center welcome the community to the November Community Book Discussion featuring The Prince of Los Cocuyos by Richard Blanco.

Community Book Discussions at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center are engaging, participatory community events. A limited number of free copies of the book is available in advance at the center (contact Kathleen at [email protected]).

Discussion is facilitated by Mary Foltz, Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University.

Sponsored by Lehigh University's Humanities Center, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, Pride Center, and Digital Humanities Initiative.

Reviews of The Prince of Los Cocuyos by Richard Blanco.

“In this vibrant memoir, Obama-inaugural poet Richard Blanco tenderly, exhilaratingly chronicles his Miami childhood amid a colorful, if suffocating, family of Cuban exiles, as well as his quest to find his artistic voice and the courage to accept himself as a gay man.” (O, The Oprah Magazine)

“Richard Blanco takes us on a thought-provoking, often hilarious ride in ... his coming-of-age memoir. The Cuban and Spanish intellectual, who was the first Latino, openly gay man and immigrant to be commissioned a presidential inaugural poet, illustrates the story of his childhood in the 1970s.” (Latina Magazine)

“The Prince of Los Cocuyos had me laughing time and again with its warm, sweetly self-deprecating portrait of an immigrant family attempting to straddle Cuban traditions and American trends.” (Andrew Solomon, author of Far From the Tree)

“Thank you, Richard, for this. The Prince of los Cocuyos is revelation and homecoming.” (Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street)

“I adored every minute spent with young ‘Riqui’ and his endearing extended family. And at the end-an ending so beautiful and throat-catching-I felt wonderfully drenched in love.” (Monica Wood, author of When We Were the Kennedys)

“[The Prince of los Cocuyos] includes portraits and scenes, intimately and lovingly rendered… Having honored our nation as a whole in verse, he honors it again, but this time as witness to the life and fortune of one exceptionally American family.” (Los Angeles Review of Books)

“... the anecdotes Blanco shares – such as trying to convince his grandmother to go shopping at the Winn-Dixie supermarket she so feared – are muy cubano and will give readers a sense of Cuban family spirit.: (

“In Richard Blanco’s Miami, memories linger outside coffee windows and in Cuban grocery store aisles… In a series of loosely intertwined stories, Blanco describes a childhood marked by loss, humor and hints of an exotic land called America.” (Associated Press)

“A warm, emotionally intimate memoir.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Blanco has a natural, unforced style that allows his characters’ vibrancy and humor to shine through.” (Publishers Weekly (Starred Review))

About the Author

An accomplished author, engineer, and educator, Richard blanco has published several volumes of acclaimed poetry. He is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, a recipient of several honorary doctorates, and a dynamic speaker supporting diversity, marriage equality, immigration, poetry in education, cultural exchange, and other important issues of our day. Currently, he shares his time between Boston and Bethel, Maine.


This is a sober social event at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. No alcohol will be served.

November 20, 2018 at 6:30pm - 8pm
The Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center
522 W Maple St
Allentown, PA 18101
United States
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