Denver Talks

We partnered with the NEA’s Big Read and the City & County of Denver to create Denver Talks, six weeks of events and discussions inspired by Claudia Rankine's Citizen. Through community-wide book discussions and arts activities throughout October and November 2017, we talked openly about the book's themes of race, social justice, and inclusivity. 

Claudia Rankine was in conversation with Mayor Michael B. Hancock at Boettcher Hall on November 15. The talk was free and open to the public. Rankine also offered a craft workshop at Lighthouse on November 16.

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Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry, two plays, numerous video collaborations, and is the editor of several anthologies. For Citizen, Rankine won the PEN Open Book Award and the PEN Literary Award, the NAACP Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry (Citizen was the first book ever to be named a finalist in both the poetry and criticism categories), and was a finalist for the National Book Award. Rankine is the recipient of a MacArthur Genius Grant, the Jackson Poetry Prize, and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and the NEA. She teaches at Yale University.