Lindsay J. Cropper Memorial Writers Series: Claudia Rankine, Poet
Date and Time
Friday, October 21, 2011 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Institute for Peace & Justice Theater
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, and educated at Williams College and Columbia University, Claudia Rankine is the author of four collections of poetry, including the award-winning Nothing in Nature is Private. In The End of the Alphabet and Plot, she welds the cerebral and the spiritual, the sensual and the grotesque. Her latest book, Don't Let Me Be Lonely—an experimental multi-genre project that blends poetry, essays, and image—is a deeply personal exploration of the condition of fragmented selfhood in contemporary America. Rankine co-edited the anthology American Women Poets in the 21st Century: Where Lyric Meets Language, and her work is included in several anthologies, including Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present, Best American Poetry 2001, Giant Step: African American Writing at the Crossroads of the Century, and The Garden Thrives: Twentieth Century African-American Poetry. Her work has been published in numerous journals including Boston Review and TriQuarterly. She lives and teaches in California.