[Blackstudies-l] Jamaican-American poet Claudia Rankine wins National Book Critics Circle Award

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Award for Poetry with her book Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf Press,
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* A post by Peter Jordens.*

Jamaican-American poet Claudia Rankine has won the 2014 National Book
Critics Circle (NBCC) Award for Poetry with her book *Citizen: An American
Lyric* (Graywolf Press, 2014). *Citizen* was also a finalist in the
criticism category, making it the first book in the award’s history to be a
double nominee. The winners were announced during an evening ceremony at
the New School’s Tishman Auditorium in New York City.

“In *Citizen*, Rankine maps the uneasiness and charged space of living race
now, miraculously breaking racism’s intractability down into human-sized
installations, accounts of relationships and examples of speech,” said a
release put forward by the NBCC on this year’s winners.

Jeffrey Shotts, Executive Editor at Graywolf Press, attended the ceremony.
“Claudia Rankine’s double nomination for the National Book Critics Circle
Awards was historic,” he said. “That her book, *Citizen*, has gone on to
win one of them is remarkable. Citizen is becoming that truly unique kind
of book: a defining text for our time. Graywolf is immensely proud to be
Claudia’s publisher, and to celebrate the achievement that this award
represents.”

Through poetry, essay, cultural criticism, and visual images, Claudia
Rankine explores what it means to be an American citizen in a “post-racial”
society. *Citizen* was published in October 2014 to wide acclaim, and went
on to be a National Book Award finalist, a *New York Times* best seller,
and an NAACP Image Award winner. The *New Yorker*, *Boston Globe*, *The
Atlantic*, NPR, *Los Angeles Times*, *Slate*, and many other publications
named *Citizen* one of the best books of the year.

Claudia Rankine was born in Jamaica in 1963 and moved with her family to
New York when she was 7. She currently serves as chancellor of the Academy
of American Poets and teaches at Pomona College in California.

Sources:
http://www.susumba.com/books/news/claudia-rankine-receives-national-book-critics-circle-award-poetry
and
https://www.graywolfpress.org/news/congratulations-claudia-rankine-wins-national-book-critics-circle-award-poetry

For more about the award-winning book, go to
https://www.graywolfpress.org/books/citizen or

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/29/books/claudia-rankine-on-citizen-and-racial-politics.html
(review).

For more about Claudia Rankine, visit
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/claudia-rankine and

http://www.pomona.edu/news/2015/03/12-rankine-nbcc.aspx.

Also see our previous post Poet Claudia Rankine: ‘Racism works purely on
perception’ in America
<http://repeatingislands.com/2014/12/27/poet-claudia-rankine-racism-works-purely-on-perception-in-america/>
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