Claudia Rankine on The White Card

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The White Card is a play I wanted to write because it seemed to me that people had a difficult time talking about race. And I thought, ‘What would it look like?’” In this ArtsEmerson video, Claudia Rankine talks about the inspiration for her debut play, The White Card: A Play (Graywolf Press, 2019), which is featured in Page One in the March/April issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

The White Card

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In this video, Claudia Rankine talks about how touring for her award-winning book Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf Press, 2014) organically led to the development of her new play, The White Card. The play unfolds as an influential white couple invites an up-and-coming black artist over to their posh New York City loft for a dinner party. The world premiere is directed by Diane Paulus and produced by the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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The Stuff of Fiction

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“I think that the idea that you can separate politics out from life is the first fiction.” Claudia Rankine speaks about the confluence of writing and politics with Tony Kushner and Salman Rushdie in “The Stuff of Fiction,” a panel moderated by David Remnick, the first event in the New Yorker’s Public Forum: A Well-Ordered Nation series.

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Robin Coste Lewis and Claudia Rankine

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"She creates an intimate space in which these bodies can connect," says Claudia Rankine, describing the poems in Voyage of the Sable Venus and Other Poems (Knopf, 2015) by Robin Coste Lewis. Lewis won the 2015 National Book Award in poetry for her debut collection and is one of the debut poets featured in "Fractures Through Time" in the January/February issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Claudia Rankine as a Citizen

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"I feel like it's my personal mission to keep those stories as present as I am possibly able to keep them present." Claudia Rankine appeared on PBS NewsHour last week to discuss the recent upheaval involving unarmed black men and white police officers, and how these events influenced her book Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf Press, 2014). 

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Claudia Rankine

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The recipient of this year's Jackson Poetry Prize, Claudia Rankine, was honored last night at a reception hosted by Poets & Writers, Inc. In this video from the Split This Rock Poetry Festival, Rankine reads from her book Citizen: An American Lyric, forthcoming from Graywolf Press in October. "And you are not the guy but still you fit the description because there is only one guy who is always the guy fitting the description."

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Claudia Rankine

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In “Situation 5,” a short film by Jackson Prize–winning poet Claudia Rankine and photographer John Lucas, a history of racial oppression forms the backdrop to a lyrical meditation on racism, imprisonment, and identity. “My brothers are notorious. Though they have not been to prison, they have been imprisoned. But the prison is not a place you enter. It is no place.”

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