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Award-winning poet Claudia Rankine will deliver this year’s Elizabeth Bishop Lecture. Rankine will read from and discuss her work at this event, which will be held on Tuesday, October 20, 6:00pm, in Taylor Hall, room 203. This event is free and open to the public.
Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry, including Citizen: An American Lyric. In a historic first, Citizen was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle award in both poetry and criticism and won the poetry award. The book also holds the distinction of being the only poetry book to be a New York Times bestseller and is currently shortlisted for the 2015 Forward Prize. The New York Review of Books called it “wonderfully capacious and innovative.”
Rankine has also written two plays including, Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue, and collaborated on numerous videos. She is the editor of several anthologies including The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. Among her numerous awards and honors, Rankine is the recipient of the Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts.
This event is made possible through a gift from Priscilla H. Rockwell and H.P. Davis Rockwell and is sponsored by the Department of English.
About the Elizabeth Bishop Lecture
Each year Vassar College invites a distinguished poet to give the Elizabeth Bishop Lecture, an endowed reading /lecture that honors the Vassar alumna whose papers are housed in our Special Collections Library and whose hundredth anniversary was celebrated in 2011 with a major conference on Bishop's work. Our Bishop Lecturers have included Robert Pinsky, Seamus Heaney, Natasha Trethewey and, most recently, Mark Strand. The Elizabeth Bishop Poetry Series is made possible through the gift of Priscilla H. Rockwell and H.P. Davis Rockwell.
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