Citizen: An American Lyric

We are delighted to welcome Claudia Rankine at American University in November 2015, for a series of events connected to her award-winning book Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf Press, 2014).

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Citizen: An American Lyric is a cutting meditation on race and the crisis of citizenship in contemporary America. This November we are discussing this book in a number of linked events:

  • November 12, 2015, 7 pm: Claudia Rankine reads from her book, at the Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center. This reading is open to the public.

  • Related event:

  • November 11, 2015, 9 am to 5 pm:  Colloquium on Claudia Rankine’s Citizen. A full day of readings, critical approaches and discussions by students, faculty, and members of the community. This day of exploration of Claudia Rankine’s work is open to the public.

  • To see the schedule for this event please click here


The Humanities Lab is proud to cosponsor these events with the Creative Writing Program Visiting Writers Series, the Department of Literature and the generous support of Dean of Academic Affairs Mary Clark.
Check back here in October for the full schedule of events for the Literature Colloquium.
You can buy Citizen: An American Lyric on Amazon, or at the American University Bookstore on the AU campus.


Read more about Claudia Rankine


  • Articles and Reviews

Claudia Rankine in the New York TimesThe New York Times, “A Poetry Personal and Political: Claudia Rankine on ‘Citizen’ and Racial Politics”



Screen Shot 2015-07-30 at 4.31.59 PMThe Guardian, “Poet Claudia Rankine: Racism Works Purely on Perception in America”

Screen Shot 2015-07-30 at 4.33.32 PMKCRW, “Claudia Rankine: The Racial Imaginary”





Screen Shot 2015-08-25 at 11.22.55 PMThe New Yorker, “Color Codes”





Screen Shot 2015-08-25 at 11.34.12 PMThe New York Review of Books, “A New Way of Writing About Race”






  • Other books by Claudia Rankine

Click on the titles to go to the Amazon page for each book

Don't let me be lonely

Don’t Let Me Be Lonely (Graywolf Press, 2004)


American Women Poets in the 21st Century (Wesleyan, 2002)


Plot (Grove Press, 2001)

The end of the alphabet

The End of the Alphabet (Grove Press, 1998)