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Claudia Rankine to Visit AU

Claudia Rankine Citizen

Author Claudia Rankine will visit American University for a series of events connected to her award-winning book Citizen: An American Lyric, a cutting meditation on race and the crisis of citizenship in contemporary America.

Rankine received the PEN Open Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry for Citizen, the first book to ever be named a finalist in both the poetry and criticism categories. In 2014 she was a National Book Award finalist and received the Poets and Writers Jackson Poetry Prize. Citizen also holds the distinction as the only poetry book to be a New York Times best seller in the nonfiction category.  


Colloquium on Claudia Rankine's Citizen
November 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Battelle Atrium, Battelle-Tomkins Building 
Rankine will appear at an all-day colloquium that focuses on Citizen. The event features a full day of readings, critical approaches, and discussions by students, faculty, and members of the community. The colloquium is free and open to the public.


Book Reading of Citizen
Thursday, November 12, at 7:00 p.m.
Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center
As a part of the annual Visiting Writers Series, presented by the Department of Literature, Rankine will appear for a reading of Citizen. The event is free and open to the public.  


More About Rankine
Rankine coedited the anthologies The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind and American Women Poets in the 21st Century: Where Lyric Meets Language. She lives in California and is the Aerol Arnold Chair in the University of Southern California English Department.  


For More Information
These events are cosponsored by the Visiting Writers Series, Department of Literature, CAS Humanities Lab, and Mary Clark, dean of academic affairs. For more information visit the Humanities Lab website.