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Claudia Rankine

Poetry

Interviewed by: Angela Elam

Catalog Number: 20161014, 20160226

A 2016 MacArthur Genius Fellow and author of Citizen: An American Lyric, Claudia Rankine discusses the motivation for writing this multi-award-winning work that features poetry, essays, and art, ranging from contemporary pieces to William Turner's paintings of The Slave Ship. Woven throughout the conversation, like the events portrayed in her books, is a discussion of micro-aggressions against not only black individuals, but women as well. Rankine describes her creative writing process while a 2015 guest of Rockhurst University's Midwest Poets Series. In a 2008 interview by New Letters editor Robert Stewart, she discusses her earlier work.

| Subject Matter: Race, History, Women, Art | Interview Year: 2015 | Genre: Poetry | Awards: National Book Critics Circle Award, MacArthur Fellowship |

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