College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Poet Claudia Rankine, 2014 National Book Award Finalist. Poetry reading and Discussion.

Poet Claudia Rankine, 2014 National Book Award Finalist.

Apr 13, 2015 5:00 PM to Apr 13, 2015 6:00 PM at BSC Ursa Minor

Book siging to follow. A Lingua Franca Speakers event.

Claudia Rankine

Internationally renowned poet, essayist and playwright Claudia Rankine will read excerpts from her 2014 national book award finalist Citizen: An American Lyric. Citizen has been described by The New Yorker as a "book that explores the kinds of injustice that thrive when the illusion of justice is perfected", and by the LA Review of Books as a "citizen’s exploration of racial subjectivity [that] traverses the philosophical (...) as it mines the terrain of national news and contemporary events". The New York Times has described the book as "timely", "in light of the national demonstrations over the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases". This book, in short, explores the public and private aspects of being a black American citizen today. The author’s books will be available for purchase, and she will do a book signing immediately following the reading.