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Poet Claudia Rankine to Visit Hendrix College Campus

Claudia Rankine“Rankine’s voice shimmers with wisdom and fury.” —The Telegraph

Poet Claudia Rankine will visit Hendrix College as the 2017 Murphy Visiting Poet on November 2, 2017. That evening, she will read from and discuss her work at 7:30 p.m. in Reves Recital Hall. This event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception and book signing in Trieschmann Gallery. 

Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry: including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely; two plays; numerous video collaborations, and is the editor of several anthologies including The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind

For Citizen, Rankine won the Forward Prize for Poetry, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry (Citizen was also nominated in the criticism category, making it the first book in the award’s history to be a double nominee), the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the PEN Open Book Award, and the NAACP Image Award. A finalist for the National Book Award, Citizen also holds the distinction of being the only poetry book to be a New York Times bestseller in the nonfiction category. 

Among her other numerous awards and honors, Rankine is the recipient of the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, United States Artists, and the National Endowment of the Arts. 

Currently, she is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and teaches at Yale University as the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry.

The Murphy Visiting Poet Series has included such nationally and internationally recognized poets as Allen Ginsberg, Seamus Heaney, Gwendolyn Brooks, Robert Pinsky, Rita Dove, Donald Hall, Jorie Graham, Louise Glück, Michael Ondaatje, Carolyn Forché, and Kevin Young.

This event is sponsored by the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language, which are designed to enhance and enrich the study and teaching of literature and language at Hendrix College. For more information about this and future events, please contact Henryetta Vanaman, 501-450-4597 or