Rams Read 2020-21
CITIZEN: AN AMERICAN LYRIC
Claudia Rankine’s book, Citizen: An American Lyric, was chosen as the first book for the inaugural book for the Rams Read program.
Rankine’s Citizen is a powerful exploration of the experience of race and racism in the U.S. The book’s lyric essays, poems, and images powerfully point out the pervasive effects of anti-black racism in the media and in everyday life.
Claudia Rankine is an award-winning poet, essayist, playwright and the editor of several anthologies. Her collection of poetry, Citizen: An American Lyric, was a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, among other prizes. The anthology was chosen for Colorado State University’s inaugural Rams Read program. She also is the author of Don’t Let Me Be Lonely and two plays, including Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue. Rankine is the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry at Yale University.