2016 Featured Presenters

Claudia Rankine

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Claudia Rankine

Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry, including Citizen: An American Lyric (2014) and Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric (2004). She received the National Book Critics Circle Award in the poetry category for Citizen, the first book to ever be named a finalist in both the poetry and criticism categories. Citizen was also a finalist for the National Book Award, long-listed for the PEN Open Book Award, and is the only poetry collection named a New York Times bestseller in the nonfiction category. 


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