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2017 Paumanok Lecture in American Literature and Culture
March 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The English Department of LIU Brooklyn presents the annual Paumanok Lecture in American literature and culture “An Evening with Claudia Rankin.” A reading from Rankin’s recent work will kick off the night, followed by the Parsons Family University Professor of Creative Writing, Erica Hunt, who will join Claudia Rankin on stage for a brief interview. A book signing with Rankin in the Kumble Theatre lobby will close the evening. The event is free and open to the public.
Claudia Rankin, the recipient of the 2016 MacArthur Fellowship, is the author of five collections of poetry, including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely, two plays, including Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue; and is the editor of several anthologies, including The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. She also co-produces a video series, “The Situation,” alongside John Lucas, and is the founder of the Open Letter Project: Race and the Creative Imagination. Among her numerous awards and honors, Rankin is the recipient of the Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts.
WHEN: Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: LIU Brooklyn, Kumble Theater (Use Flatbush Gate Entrance)
WHO: Free and Open to the Public
The annual “Starting from Paumanok” lecture in American culture and literature 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.