Claudia Rankine
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Claudia Rankine


Claudia Rankine is the author of five books
of poetry, including Citizen: An American
and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An
American Lyric
. She wrote three plays
including HELP, The White Card, and The
Provenance of Beauty
. She also published
several collections of essays, amongst others:
Just Us: An American Conversation.
Rankine is the co-editor of several anthologies
as well, including The Racial Imaginary:
Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind

and in 2016 she founded The Racial Imaginary
Institute (TRII). Among her numerous
awards, Rankine is the recipient of the Bobbitt
National Prize for Poetry, the Poets &
Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize, and fellowships
from the Guggenheim Foundation, as
well as the MacArthur Foundation. As a former
Chancellor of the Academy of American
Poets, she joined the NYU Creative
Writing Program in Fall 2021.