Jamaican-American poet Claudia Rankine won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry for her book “Citizen: An American Lyric.” She was also a finalist for in the Award’s criticism category, which made her book the first in the history of the award to receive a double nomination. Rankine was born in Kingston received a BA from Williams College and an MFA from Columbia University. Rankine has published a number of poetry collections and was a finalist for the National Book Award. She is the winner of the PEN Center USA Poetry Award, the Forward poetry prize, the Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts. Rankine is the Aerol Arnold Chair in the University of Southern California English Department.
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