Poet Richard Blanco has new book

BETHEL, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Inaugural poet Richard Blanco has written a new book based on his experiences leading up to the inauguration. Blanco's fame has risen significantly since he was chosen for the honor.

He is the youngest, the first immigrant and the first openly gay Inaugural Poet. He joins Robert Frost and Maya Angelou in that honor.

"The book begins, obviously, with the moment I got the phone call," said Blanco while relaxing at his Bethel home. 

"I had visions in my head of dancing at the ball, and I envisioned the ball to be a sit-down dinner, and at the ball having a little Salsa dance with the first Lady, perhaps sharing a drink with the President or having him tell me what he thought of the poem earlier in the day, but it was nothing like that," he said.

His poem, "One Today" was a hit. It launched him to a very busy two years of readings and appearances all over North America.

Maine music scene this weekend

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Holly Nunan paid the MORNING REPORT a visit to rock the house!  Well, not really, but she had a great list of local bands playing around the state.

Friday, November 1st

Old Soul with Clara Berry at The Hive in Kennebunk, Maine
8pm, 21+, $10

Bronze Radio Return with Spencer at Port City Music Hall in Portland, Maine
8pm, 18+, $15

North of Nashville at Moose Alley in Rangeley, Maine
9pm, 21+, Free

Saturday, November 2nd 

Jeff Beam and Friends at SPACE Gallery in Portland, Maine 
7pm, All Ages, $10 

Duquette at The Run of the Mill in Saco, Maine
8pm, All Ages, Free

Dave Mello at Tucker's Music Pub in Norway, Maine
8pm, 21+, Free

Air Traffic Controller with When Particles Collide and Rural Ghosts at The Asylum in Portland, Maine
8pm, All Ages, $8

Mainer, former Sox owner Otten talks ALCS

BOSTON (NEWS CENTER) - Les Otten's many business ventures have acquainted him with a variety of realms, including as a part owner for the Boston Red Sox from 2002 to 2007. 

The entrenpreneur and philanthropist is at Fenway for the American League Championship Series where Lee Goldberg caught up with the entrepreneur/philanthropist from Greenwood.