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African American Women Writers

Claudia Rankine (1963- ), Jamaican-American poet, playwright, and academic, is best known for poetry that she describes as 'American Lyric', a form that blends elements of prose and lyric poetry and essay to reflect on American experience. Her work has probed major social issues facing Americans, from the threats of terrorism and ongoing war to widespread, systematic racism that pervades life in both invisible and visible ways and comes the surface in such events as the killings of Black men including Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner. Rankine has won major awards for her work, including Guggenheim, Lannan, and MacArthur Foundation fellowships.

Genre: Antiracist literature; Essays; Poetry; Society and culture

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