CANCELED -- NOMMO Author Series: Claudia Rankine

  • HHH Inst. of Public Affairs - Cowles Auditorium 301 19th Avenue South Minneapolis, MN, 55454 United States

CANCELED: Thursday, May 19

Due to illness, the NOMMO Author Series with Claudia Rankine for Thursday, May 19, 7pm at the Cowles Auditorium has been canceled. 

All refunds will be processed the week of May 16. No further action is required.

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Join the Givens Foundation for our spring 2016 NOMMO author series featuring writer Claudia Rankine.

Claudia Rankine was born in Jamaica in 1963. She earned her B.A. in English from Williams College and her M.F.A. in poetry from Columbia University.

She is the author of four collections of poetry, including Don't Let Me Be Lonely (2004); PLOT (2001); The End of the Alphabet (1998); and Nothing in Nature is Private (1995), which received the Cleveland State Poetry Prize.

Rankine has edited numerous anthologies including American Women Poets in the Twenty-First Century: Where Lyric Meets Language (Wesleyan, 2002) and American Poets in the Twenty-First Century: The New Poetics (2007). Her plays include Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue, commissioned by the Foundry Theatre and Existing Conditions, co-authored with Casey Llewellyn. She has also produced a number of videos in collaboration with John Lucas, including "Situation One.”

A recipient of fellowships from the Academy of American Poetry, the National Endowments for the Arts, and the Lannan Foundation, she is currently the Henry G. Lee Professor of English at Pomona College.

The Givens Foundation's NOMMO African American Authors Series has become a fixture on the Twin Cities' cultural landscape for bringing literary excellence to broad and diverse audiences. NOMMO Series events provide rare opportunities to publicly define the state of the art of African American literature and to locate the work and contributions of national as well as Twin Cities African American writers within the present authoring of our literary tradition.

This event is made possible through the support of The McKnight Foundation, Target, General Mills, and the voters of Minnesota, through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.