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Renowned Poet Claudia Rankine to Speak at Millsaps College

by Web on October 17, 2017

On Friday, October 27, at 1pm in the Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex Recital Hall, 2016 MacArthur Fellow Claudia Rankine will read from her acclaimed work “Citizen: An American Lyric,” which was the 2016 summer reading assignment for first-year Millsaps students. Rankine will sign copies of her books beforehand, beginning at 12:20pm. A reception will follow. This event is free and open to the public.

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 Forward Prize for Poetry, 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 Los Angeles Times Book Award, the PEN Open Book Award, and the NAACP Image Award. 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. 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 for the Arts.