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Claudia Rankine Reading

Part of the Lane Lecture Series
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 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 LA Times Book Award, the PEN Open Book Award, the NAACP Image Award, and was 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. The book recently won the 2015 Forward Prize for Best Collection. Among her numerous awards and honors, Rankine is the recipient of the Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts. She lives in California and is the Aerol Arnold Chair in the University of Southern California English Department.



Wednesday, February 17, 2016. 08:00PM


Cemex Auditorium, Zambrano Hall, Knight Management Center


Creative Writing Program




Free and open to the public, no tickets or reservations required.