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Speak Now: Claudia Rankine

February 29 @ 6:30 am - 9:00 pm

Celebrated writer Claudia Rankine ’93 returns to Columbia University School of the Arts for the first of a new series of events, “Speak Now,” organized by Interim Dean and Parr Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Sarah Cole.

About the Author:

Claudia Rankine is the author of five books of poetry, including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric; three plays including HELP, which premiered in March 2020 (The Shed, NYC), and The White Card, which premiered in February 2018 (ArtsEmerson/ American Repertory Theater) and was published by Graywolf Press in 2019; as well as numerous video collaborations. Her recent collection of essays, Just Us: An American Conversation, was published by Graywolf Press in 2020. She is also the co-editor of several anthologies including The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. In 2016, Rankine 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. A former Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Claudia Rankine joined the NYU Creative Writing Program in Fall 2021. She lives in New York.

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February 29
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Lenfest Center for the Arts, the Lantern
615 W 129th St
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Columbia University School of the Arts