Claudia Rankine

2014 Lannan Literary Award for Poetry

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Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry, including, most recently, Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf, 2014) which continues Rankine’s unique genre and presents a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism on society. Another collection, Don’t Let Me Be Lonely (Graywolf, 2004), is a multi-genre experimental project, blending poetry, essays, and images, of which she writes, “Forgiveness, I finally decide, is not the death of amnesia, nor is it a form of madness as Derrida claims. For the one who forgives, it is simply a death, a dying down in the heart, the position of the already dead.” In praise, Jorie Graham wrote, “Rankine breaks out of virtual emotion, reawakens honesty, and exhibits such raw political courage and aesthetic bravery it sends tremors through the entire field of American poetry as she finds it.”

Her plays include Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue, which was commissioned by the Foundry Theatre, and Existing Conditions (co-authored with Casey Llewellyn).

Rankine is co-editor of American Women Poets in the Twenty-First Century series with Wesleyan University Press and The Racial Imaginary with Fence Books. Her work has been published in The Boston Review, jubilat, The Kenyon Review, TriQuarterly, and many other journals. She has received awards and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, Poets and Writers, and the National Endowments for the Arts. Rankine currently teaches at Pomona College.

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