Claudia Rankine, author
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New first-year students received a copy of the selected text during your Huskies Advising and Registration session, giving you the opportunity to read the book by the start of your first semester at St. Cloud State. The purpose of this program is to provide a common academic experience for all new first-year students, which integrates both curricular and co-curricular activities throughout the year. In addition to events around the book at your New Student Orientation in August, many of you will use the book in at least one class you take during your first year, and all of you will have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of programs throughout 2017-18 related to the book and issues it raises.
Your participation in the Common Reading Program will:
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry and the Bobbitt National Poetry Prize, as well as finalist for the National Book Award, "Citizen: An American Lyric" is a collection of poetry, prose, and images that provides a provocative analysis of race in America, with a deep commitment to advancing equality. In the poetry and prose that comprise this work, Rankine explores the everyday microaggressions faced by women and people of color. The creative format opens a space for critique, but also for sitting with the challenges of racial prejudice and racism.
The book was written with grants from The Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support Grant, the National Endowment for the Arts and The Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota.
Claudia Rankine is an award-winning poet, Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry at Yale University, MacArthur Genius grant winner (2016) and a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow.
Born in Jamaica in 1963, Rankine earned her degree in English from Williams College. In her work, Rankine explores the subjective experience of systematic racism and racial aggressions. She uses language that makes visible the ways in which microaggressions register in the body of those who internalize them. Yet her work also seeks to open conversations about how society might achieve social justice.
She has authored five poetry collections, plays, and edited numerous anthologies.
Claudia Rankine: Articles and Interviews