Rankine has coedited American Women Poets in the 21st Century: Where Lyric Meets Language (2002), American Poets in the 21st Century: The New Poetics (2007), and The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind (2014). Her poems have been included in the anthologies Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present (2003), Best American Poetry (2001), and The Garden Thrives: Twentieth Century African-American Poetry (1996). Her play Detour/South Bronx premiered in 2009 at New York’s Foundry Theater.
Rankine has been awarded fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Lannan Foundation. In 2013, she was elected as a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, and in 2014 she received a Lannan Literary Award. She has taught at the University of Houston, Case Western Reserve University, Barnard College, and Pomona College.
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Poems By CLAUDIA RANKINE
- from Citizen: “You are in the dark, in the car...”
- from Citizen: “Some years there exists a wanting to escape...”
- from Don't Let Me Be Lonely: “There is a button on the remote control called FAV...”
- from Don't Let Me Be Lonely: “I don't usually talk to strangers...”
- from Don't Let Me Be Lonely: “A father tells his son the thing he regrets most about his life...”
Audio & PodcastsPoem of the Day Poem of the Day Poem of the Day Poem of the Day The Poetry Magazine Podcast
"Without the Blues There Would Be No Jazz"
The editors discuss poems by Danez Smith, Franny Choi, and Claudia Rankine, plus Nikky Finney on the poetry of James Baldwin.
VideoNewsHour Poetry Series
- Using poetry to uncover the moments that lead to racism
Poet and playwright Claudia Rankine says that the small moments that carve gaps of misunderstanding between Americans lead to big, national moments of misunderstanding, like events in Ferguson and New York.