Robin Coste Lewis, Claudia Rankine
In conversation with Maggie Nelson
October 23, 2014

Two powerful poets read from their work and discuss how poetry can become an active tool for rethinking race in America. Robin Coste Lewis shared selections from her then un-published poetry collection, Voyage of the Sable Venus, which lyrically catalogs representations of the black figure in the fine arts, and went on to win the National Book Award for Poetry.  Claudia Rankine read from her award-winning work Citizen: An American Lyric, a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our often named “post-racial” society.

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