Nationally renowned poet Claudia Rankine, a recipient of the 2016 MacArthur “Genius” Award, will deliver the keynote address at Colgate’s 196th commencement Sunday, May 21, in Sanford Field House.
Rankine, the Frederick Iseman Professor of poetry at Yale University, 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
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