2014 Winner

An American Lyric, by Claudia Rankine 

Claudia Rankine

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.