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Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry, Yale University

John W. Kluge Distinguished Visitor - Class of Fall 2019


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) and 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. Rankine 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). Rankine is the recipient of the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Lannan Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, United States Artists, and the National Endowment of the Arts. A chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Rankine teaches at Yale University as the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry.

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