An Evening with Claudia Rankine
Big Blue Room, Ted Constant Center, Old Dominion University
President's Lecture Series
An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. For NEA Big Read: Hampton Roads, that book is "Citizen: An American Lyric."
NEA Big Read: Hampton Roads, the President's Lecture Series, and the President's Task Force on Inclusive Excellence invite you to a powerful evening with Claudia Rankine, the book's author, hosted by Tim Seibles, Poet Laureate for the Commonwealth of Virginia, and opening with readings by local youth poets.
Claudia Rankine has written five collections of poetry, including "Citizen: An American Lyric," which was selected for the National Endowment for the Arts' Big Read, and two plays. She also has participated in several video collaborations and edited anthologies including "The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind."
Rankine has received fellowships from the MacArthur and Guggenheim foundations. "Citizen" won several honors, including the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, the PEN Open Book Award and the NAACP Image Award. "Citizen" also was the only poetry book to be a New York Times nonfiction bestseller. She is the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry at Yale University and chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
Rankine, Claudia, "An Evening with Claudia Rankine" (2019). President's Lecture Series. 3.