Bobbitt Prize Reading with Nathaniel Mackey & Claudia Rankine

The Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry was granted to Nathaniel Mackey (life time accomplishment) and Claudia Rankine (for “Citizen: An American Lyric”). The poets got their awards and check out choices from their work.

Speaker Biography: Claudia Rankine is the author of “Citizen: An American Lyric,” winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry, the Poets and Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize and the PEN Open Book Award. It was a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry and the National Books Critics Circle Award in Criticism, the only book to be chosen in 2 classifications. Rankine is the author of 4 previous books, consisting of “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric” (2004). She was born in 1963 in Kingston, Jamaica, and presently acts as a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and is the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry at Yale University. Amongst her honors and awards, Rankine is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship.

Speaker Biography: Nathaniel Mackey is the author of 6 poetry collections, consisting of the National Book Award-winning “Splay Anthem” (2006) and “Eroding Witness” (1985), which was picked for the National Poetry Series. He has actually released numerous book-length installations of his continuous prose work, “From a Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate,” starting with “Bedouin Hornbook” in1986 His numerous honors and awards consist of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Roy Harvey Pearce/Archive for New Poetry Prize, the Stephen Henderson Award from the African American Literature and Culture Society, the 2014 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize from the Poetry Foundation and the 2015 Bollingen Prize from Yale University. From 2001 to 2007, he functioned as a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Mackey taught for several years at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and is presently the Reynolds Price Professor of Creative Writing at Duke University.

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