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Annual James Merrill Lecture: Claudia Rankine

September 23, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Photo by Ricardo DeAratanha

Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry including  Citizen: An American Lyric and   Don’t Let Me Be Lonely; two plays including  Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue; numerous video collaborations, and is the editor of several anthologies including  The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind.  For  Citizen, Rankine  won  the  Forward Prize for Poetry, the  National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry (Citizen  was also nominated in the criticism category, making it the first book in the award’s history to be a double nominee),  the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the PEN Open Book Award, and the NAACP Image Award.  A finalist for the National Book Award,  Citizen  also holds the distinction of being the only poetry book to be a New York Times bestseller in the nonfiction category. Among her numerous awards and honors, Rankine is the recipient of the Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the National Endowment of the Arts. She  lives in  New York City and teaches at Yale University as the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry.

Photo credit: Ricardo DeAratanha


September 23, 2017
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm