Richard Blanco has been selected as the inaugural poet for the January 21 inauguration of President Barack Obama, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced Wednesday.
"Blanco will be the youngest-ever inaugural poet and the first Hispanic or LGBT person to recite a poem at the swearing-in ceremony," the committee said.
â€śIâ€™m honored that Richard Blanco will join me and Vice President Biden at our second inaugural,â€ť Obama said today, according to the committee's statement.
â€śHis contributions to the fields of poetry and the arts have already paved a path forward for future generations of writers. Richardâ€™s writing will be wonderfully fitting for an inaugural that will celebrate the strength of the American people and our nationâ€™s great diversity,â€ť Obama added.
"Iâ€™m beside myself, bestowed with this great honor, brimming over with excitement, awe, and gratitude,â€ť Blanco, 44, said in a statement.