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FGCU Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education to Host Poet Richard Blanco

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The 2013 Presidential Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco will be visiting Southwest Florida's barrier islands Nov. 9-10 to speak at the Sanibel Island Writers Conference, and to attend a fundraiser on Captiva for the Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education.

The public is invited to join the Center -- along with hosts Susan Stuart, Paul McCarthy, and Peter Blaze Corcoran -- for a luncheon cruise with Blanco aboard the Lady Chadwick of Captiva Cruises. The cruise will take place Sunday, Nov. 10 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., and departs from McCarthy’s Marina.

Guests will enjoy poems, remarks, and a book signing with the distinguished Cuban-American Poet. Cruise and beverages generously provided by Captiva Cruises, and luncheon by South Seas Island Resort. Ticket prices are $100 per person and $250 per Patron. Tickets are tax deductible. Patrons will be invited to Susan Stuart's nearby Captiva home for dessert and coffee with Richard Blanco following the cruise.

Please RSVP to the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education at (239) 590-7166 or email at

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