Denver Talks Craft Talk: The Optics with Claudia Rankine

The Optics with Claudia Rankine

What and who is made visible in your work? This workshop will consider and interrogate the ways in which racial imaginaries infiltrate our unconscious decisions as both artists and writers. A brief signing will follow the workshop with books available on-site from Tattered Cover. 


Rankine's craft talk will take place at Lighthouse Writers Workshop (1515 Race Street) as part of the Denver Talks program with the City & County of Denver. For a listing of all events, including the keynote address with Mayor Michael B. Hancock at Boettcher Concert Hall on November 15, visit


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.


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Nov 16, 2017 4:00pm - 6:00pm