Author Claudia Rankine sitting on a sofa looking into the camera
Coming Soon Tate Modern Talk

Claudia Rankine

12 October 2017 at 18.30–20.30

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Join award-winning American writer Claudia Rankine for a special talk

Claudia Rankine is one of the most compelling voices in American culture, widely celebrated for her innovative poetic explorations of contemporary race relations. This is a unique opportunity to hear her deliver a new talk inspired by the exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power.

Rankine’s talk is followed by a day-long conference on Friday 13 October that brings together acclaimed contributors from the UK and USA for a series of unique presentations and rich panel discussions that explore the art, artists and social histories featured in Soul of a Nation.


Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry, including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely; two plays including Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue; numerous video collaborations, and is the editor of several anthologies including The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. For Citizen, Rankine won the Forward Prize for Poetry, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry (Citizen was also nominated in the criticism category, making it the first book in the award’s history to be a double nominee), the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the PEN Open Book Award, and the NAACP Image Award. A finalist for the National Book Award, Citizen also holds the distinction of being the only poetry book to be a New York Times bestseller in the nonfiction category. Among her numerous awards and honours, Rankine is the recipient of the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, United States Artists, and the National Endowment of the Arts. She is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and teaches at Yale University as the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry.

This event has been provided by Tate Gallery on behalf of Tate Enterprises LTD


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12 October 2017 at 18.30–20.30



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