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Speakers Forum and Fresno County Public Library present Claudia Rankine

(Thu) February 13, 2020, 7:00pm — 8:00pm

OAB Auditorium

Claudia Rankine

Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry, including "Citizen: An American Lyric" and "Don’t Let Me Be Lonely"; two plays including "The White Card", which premiered in February 2018 (ArtsEmerson/ American Repertory Theater) was published with Graywolf Press in 2019, and "Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue"; as well as numerous video collaborations. Her next publication, "Just Us", is a collection of essays forthcoming with Graywolf Press in 2020. She is also the editor of several anthologies including "The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind". In 2016, she co-founded The Racial Imaginary Institute (TRII). Among her numerous awards and honors, Rankine is the recipient of the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, the Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, United States Artists, and the National Endowment of the Arts. She is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and teaches at Yale University as the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut.
The Fresno County Public Library has selected "Citizen" as the featured book for "The Big Read." Numerous community events will also take place as part of the campaign.

For more information contact the Public Information Office at 559.489.2218

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