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Common Read 2017: Citizen: An American Lyric

Claudia Rankine

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Photo taken by John Lucas and used by his permission.

Reviews and Reactions

Color Codes: A poet examines race in America
Book review, The New Yorker, October 27, 2014, by Dan 

Claudia Rankine's Citizen
Book review, Sunday Review of Books, New York Times, December 24, 2014, by Holly Bass

Reconsidering Claudia Rankine's Citizen: An American Lyric. A Symposium, Part I
Los Angeles Review of Books, January 6, 2016, by Roderick A. Ferguson, Evie Shockley, Maria A. Windell, Daniel Worden

‚ÄčReconsidering Claudia Rankine's Citizen: An American Lyric. A Symposium, Part II
Los Angeles Review of Books, January 7, 2016, by Lisa Uddin, Catherine Zuromskis, Daniel Worden, Kenneth W. Warren


This year's common read is Claudia Rankine's book, Citizen: An American Lyric. This title won the 2014 National Book Critics Award Circle Award for Poetry and was named a Best Book of the Year by the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, the New Yorker, and Publishers Weekly. Rankine's book has been enthusiastically received as a poetic and critical examination of race at this time in America. Learn more about the author and the issues she addresses and illuminates by checking out the resources in this guide. 

About the author

Curious about the author's life and views? These sources will help you learn more about Claudia Rankine.

Biography in Context Your one-stop source for news articles, magazine profiles, NPR stories, academic analysis, reference entries, and websites about Claudia Rankine.

On Being Seen: An Interview with Claudia Rankine from Ferguson
The New Yorker, August 22, 2014, by Alexandra Schwartz

Poet Claudia Rankine On Latest Racial Violence: Interview
National Public Radio, July 9, 2016, by Lynn Neary


 These sources will help you familiarize yourself with themes and references in Claudia Rankine's book:

Oxford Companion to United States History Mount Holyoke College Main Library Reference E174 .O94 2001, also available in ebook version

Encyclopedia of African-American History ebook version 

Encyclopedia of Africa-American Culture and History Mount Holyoke College Main Library Reference E185.E54 2006, also available in ebook version

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