Winter With the Writers

Claudia Rankine

Rankine is a Jamaican-born American poet and playwright, the author of five collections of poetry, two plays and the editor of several anthologies. She also co-produces a video series, “The Situation,” alongside John Lucas, and is the founder of the Open Letter Project: Race and the Creative Imagination.

Event Details

Claudia Rankine: Reading

Speaker Video

Event Details

Master Class (Workshop):   February 20, 4-5:15 p.m. SunTrust Auditorium.

Reading:  February 20, 7:30-8:15 p.m. with Book Signing to follow, Bush Auditorium.


Speaker Bio

Rankine’s bestselling book, Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf, 2014)  uses poetry, essay, cultural criticism, and visual images, to explore what it means to be an American citizen in a “post-racial” society. Citizen was the winner of the 2015 Forward Prize for Best Collection, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, the NAACP Image Award, the PEN Open Book Award, and the LA Times Book Award for poetry. Citizen was nominated for the Hurston/Wright 2015 Legacy Award, was a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award, and was selected as an NPR Best Book of 2014. Citizen also holds the distinction of being the only poetry book to be a New York Times bestseller in the nonfiction category. Her first published play, The White Card (Graywolf 2019), explores contemporary headlines and unpacks the insidious ways in which racism manifests itself in everyday situations and questions how our society can progress if whiteness stays invisible.

Rankine won a distinguished Guggenheim Fellowship in 2017 and was awarded the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship “genius” award in 2016. She lives in New Haven, CT and teaches at Yale University as the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry.