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The Robert Chasen Memorial Poetry Reading by Claudia Rankine

Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 5:00pm

Alice Statler Auditorium
7 East Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

The Spring 2019 Barbara & David Zalaznick Creative Writing Reading Series comes to a close with a reading by poet & writer Claudia Rankine. 

Recipient of the 2016 MacArthur Fellowship, Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry. Rankine is the recipient of the Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts. Rankine’s bestselling book, Citizen: An American Lyric, was the winner of the 2015 Forward Prize for Best Collection, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry (it was also a finalist in the criticism category, making it the first book in the award’s history to be a double nominee), the NAACP Image Award, the PEN Open Book Award, and the LA Times Book Award for poetry. Citizen also holds the distinction of being the only poetry book to be a New York Times bestseller in the nonfiction category. She teaches at Yale University as the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry.

The Robert Chasen Memorial Poetry Reading is a biennial event, featuring a public reading by a distinguished poet. It was established in 1980 by Margaret Rosenzweig, 32, in memory of Robert Chasen.

Books signed by Claudia Rankine will be available for purchase at the reading.

Free admission - Ticket required. Tickets to this event are available at the Willard Straight Resource Center (4th/Main floor) from Friday, March 1 and while supplies last. 

April 18 reading in Statler Auditorium starts at 5 p.m.; doors will open at 4:30 p.m. for seating.

This event is presented by the Department of English / Creative Writing Program at Cornell University

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