2014 Winner

Citizen: An American Lyric, by Claudia Rankine 

Rankine Speaking

Citizen is a collection of essays and prose poems that looks at both overt racism and small daily racist acts Rankine calls microaggresions. Winner of the NAACP Image Award, the L.A. Times Book Prize, a National Book Critic Circle Award and a finalist for the National Book Award, "Citizen" is now a finalist for the Forward Prize in the United Kingdom. Citizen has also won the PEN Open Book Award. The PEN American Center is dedicated to defending writers and free speech on an international scale.

Claudia Rankine is also the author of Don’t Let Me Be Lonely, Plot, The End of the Alphabet, and Nothing in Nature is Private. In 2014, Rankine was awarded the Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize, which is awarded to an American poet of exceptional talent deserving wider recognition. Rankine co-edited the anthology American Women Poets in the 21st Century: Where Lyric Meets Language. Her work is included in several of the anthologies, such as Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present, Best American Poetry 2001, Giant Step: African American Writing at the Crossroads of the Century, and The Garden Thrives: Twentieth Century African-American Poetry.