Claudia Rankine

Fall 2015

rankine2Claudia Rankine is the author of Citizen: An American Lyric; Don’t Let Me Be Lonely; Plot; The End of the Alphabet; and Nothing in Nature is Private. She won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry—for Citizen, the first book ever to be named a finalist in both the poetry and criticism categories. In 2014 she was a National Book Award Finalist, and received Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize. Citizen also holds the distinction of being the only poetry book to be a NY Times bestseller in the nonfiction category. Rankine co-edited the anthologies The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind and American Women Poets in the 21st Century: Where Lyric Meets Language, and her work is included in several anthologies, including Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present, Best American Poetry 2001, Giant Step: African American Writing at the Crossroads of the Century, and The Garden Thrives: Twentieth Century African-American Poetry.

December 2, 7pm – Reading and Book Signing, MLK 225/229



“Rankine brilliantly pushes poetry’s forms to disarm readers and circumvent our carefully constructed defense mechanisms against the hint of possibly being racist ourselves. . . .Citizen throws a Molotov cocktail at the notion that reduction of injustice is the same as freedom.”
— New York Times Book Review

“To read her work is to be drawn deep into a thought’s unfolding, into the eerie landscape of a dream; the dislocation one feels is tempered by the assurance of the writing, the deftness of Rankine’s experiments with words and ideas.”
— Indiana Review

“Harrowing and hallucinogenic . . . Rankine’s is a singular voice . . . one must admire the risks she takes.”
— Library Journal

All events are open to the public and wheelchair accessible.