Claudia Rankine is this year's Sister Mariella Gable Visiting Writer. She will be in residence from February 3-6 and will give a public reading on February 5 from her new book, Citizen: An American Lyric, the 2014 selection for the Sister Mariella Gable Book Series. She is also the author of Don't Let Me Be Lonely; Plot; The End of the Alphabet; and Nothing in Nature is Private. In 2014, Rankine was awarded Poets & Writers' Jackson Poetry Prize, awarded to an American poet of exceptional talent who deserves wider recognition. Rankine co-edited the anthology American Women Poets in the 21st Century: Where Lyric Meets Language, and her work is included in several anthologies, including Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present, Best American Poetry 2001, Giant Step: African American Writing at the Crossroads of the Century, and The Garden Thrives: Twentieth Century African-American Poetry.
"Claudia Rankine has made of her savage and stern intelligence, her ruthlessness and her terror, great art." —Louise Glück