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Writers & Scholars Series

Spring 2016


Claudia Rankine

Essayist, Poet, Critic

Claudia Rankine is the author of Citizen: An American Lyric; Don’t Let Me Be Lonely; Plot; The End of the Alphabet; and Nothing in Nature is Private. She won the PEN Open Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry—for Citizen, the first book ever to be named a finalist in both the poetry and criticism categories. In 2014 she was a National Book Award Finalist, and received Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize. Citizen also holds the distinction of being the only poetry book to be a NY Times bestseller in the nonfiction category. Rankine co-edited the anthologies The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind and American Women Poets in the 21st Century: Where Lyric Meets Language, and her work is included in several anthologies, including Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present, Best American Poetry 2001, Giant Step: African American Writing at the Crossroads of the Century, and The Garden Thrives: Twentieth Century African-American Poetry.

Recent Visiting Writers & Scholars

Each year, the English Department hosts internationally-renowned writers and literary scholars who hold open class sessions, meet one-to-one with Literary Studies and Creative Writing students, and present their creative and scholarly work for the department, campus community, and general public. In recent years, we've partnered with Humanities Advisory, the Artists Series, and the Westerville Public Library to bring host visitors such as: 

  • Mark Doty (2010)
  • Christopher Merrill (2011)
  • Dorothy Allison (2012)
  • Alison Bechdel (2013)
  • Lennard Davis (2014)
  • Kenneth Goldsmith (2014)
  • Mat Johnson (2014)
  • Sandra Macpherson (2014)
  • Dana Renga (2015)
  • John Sitter (2015)
  • Timothy Corrigan (2015)
  • Christian Formoso (2015)

/ Department of English

Shannon Lakanen
Department Chair
Towers Hall 228

p / 614.823.1211
e / slakanen@otterbein.edu 

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