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Tuesday, March 7, 6:30 PM
Paumanok Lecture Series: Claudia Rankine
At LIU Brooklyn, Kumble Theater
The English Department at LIU, in collaboration with Greenlight Bookstore, is proud to present Claudia Rankine as the guest speaker for this year’s Paumanok Lecture Series. Recipient of the 2016 MacArthur Fellowship, Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry including the bestselling Citizen: An American Lyric. Among her numerous awards and honors, Rankine is the recipient of the Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts. In all of her work, whether writing about intimacy or alienation, Rankine’s voice is one of unrelenting candor, and her poetry is some of the most innovative and thoughtful work to emerge in recent years. Rankine will sign books following the event, which is free & open to the public.
Long Island University Brooklyn’s “Starting from Paumanok” lecture series in American culture and literature, hosted by the English Department annually since 1983, takes its name from a Walt Whitman poem that first appeared in the 1860 edition of Leaves of Grass. Its title invokes the Native American word for Long Island and acknowledges the University’s geographic and cultural connection to one of Brooklyn’s — and Long Island’s — foremost literary figures.
The Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts is located on the LIU Brooklyn campus, on Flatbush Avenue Extension between DeKalb & Willoughby. For more information, visit kumbletheater.org, or call (718) 488-1624.