One of the most important writers of our time, poet, essayist, playwright, and author of Citizen: An American Lyric and Just Us, Claudia Rankine, cuts through "wokeness" and post-racial narratives with a voice both critical and compassionate. In this conversation, Rankine sits down with poet Nate Marshall to discuss how the use of image, film, and cultural references in poetry functions to navigate a sense of self that's more fraught than ever before.
This programme is made possible with the support of the U.S. Embassy Singapore.
*Due to unforeseen circumstances, Caleb Femi will no longer be moderating this session.
Writers / Presenters
Nate Marshall is an award-winning author and editor. His works include two full-length books of poems, Finna and Wild Hundreds. He teaches in the creative writing program at The University of Wisconsin-Madison. Nate was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago.
Claudia Rankine is the author of five books of poetry, including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric; three plays including HELP, which premiered in March 2020 (The Shed, NYC), and The White Card, which premiered in February 2018 (ArtsEmerson/ American Repertory Theater) and was published by Graywolf Press in 2019; as well as numerous video collaborations. Her recent collection of essays, Just Us: An American Conversation, was published by Graywolf Press in 2020. She is also the co-editor of several anthologies including The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. In 2016, Rankine co-founded The Racial Imaginary Institute (TRII). Among her numerous awards and honors, Rankine is the recipient of the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, the 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. A former Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Claudia Rankine joined the NYU Creative Writing Program in Fall 2021. She lives in New York.