Claudia Rankine is a highly decorated Jamaican-born writer who has lived in America since the age of seven. She has published five collections of poetry including Don’t Let Me Be Lonely and Citizen: An American Lyric, an exploration of race in our contemporary cultural imaginary, for which she became a finalist for the National Book Award. Rankine is also the editor of several anthologies including The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. In 2013, she was elected Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, and in 2016, she was awarded a MacArther “Genius” Grant. She is currently a Professor of Poetry at Yale University. Rankine has made multiple appearances at The Kitchen, first at the exhibition “Art for PLOT” in 2001, and twice in 2017 as part of The Kitchen Lab Conference: POSITION and the two-week open performance and colloquy Half Straddle: Here I Go, pt. 2 of You. For more information, see:

Half Straddle: Here I Go, pt. 2 of You