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The USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences has recruited renowned American poet Claudia Rankine as holder of the Aerol Arnold Chair of English. She will teach a wide variety of literature and creative writing courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level starting in fall 2016.
Known for her commitment to social justice and her poetic innovations, as well as an incisive intelligence and wry humor, Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry and two plays and has become a sought-after speaker at colleges and universities across America.
“Claudia’s unique ability to perform her writing, in addition to crafting vivid and powerful poetry and plays, makes her an invaluable asset to USC Dornsife’s English department,” said Steve Kay, dean of USC Dornsife. “I am thrilled to welcome her here to further her own body of work and to impart her artistic gift to our students.”
Helping students take creative risksRankine said she was excited to join USC’s intellectual community.
“USC Dornsife has an incredible writing program, writers that I admire, people whom I have read and whose work is part of the stratosphere of my thinking,” Rankine said. “So to have the honor of working alongside them to me is kind of a dream come true.
To run into people in the halls and be able to casually discuss their work creates a melting pot of ideas.“And USC in terms of its larger community — the American studies department, its social justice work — was very appealing to me. To run into people in the halls and be able to casually discuss their work creates a melting pot of ideas.”Claudia Rankine
In her creative writing classes, Rankine said she was looking forward to working with graduate students on their dissertations and manuscripts.
“I’m also looking forward to working with undergraduates and talking about poetry and activism and the history of 20th-century poetry. I’m hoping there will be room for more experimental classes that incorporate hybridity in writing.”
Rankine said that in the classroom she is interested in creative risk taking.
I am not that interested in polished work initially, but in the mess of creation.“I am not that interested in polished work initially, but in the mess of creation,” she said. “I believe that in order to be able to know where you can break open the tradition, you have to know the tradition. Then you can create and mine the gaps that allow your work to move to the next place.”Claudia Rankine
Love of poetry nurtured from an early ageBorn in Jamaica, Rankine moved with her parents to New York at age 7. “My parents were immigrants looking for a better life. They both worked in hospitals, my father as an orderly and my mother as a nurse’s aide.”
Rankine’s love of poetry began early, when her mother read to her Emily Dickinson’s “Because I Could Not Stop for Death,” the year after the family arrived in the United States.
Rankine attended Catholic schools in the Bronx and then went to Williams College in Massachusetts, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in literature in 1986. From there she went to graduate school at Columbia University in New York City, where she earned an MFA in poetry in 1993.
Rankine said she was inspired to become a poet by the work of Adrienne Rich.
“There was something about the way in which Rich addressed social issues from a very personal position that made me want to write. This strategy of bringing the historical, the current moment and the emotional landscape of the speaker into the poem attracted me from the very beginning.”
Latest work the ‘most important in recent years’Rankine’s most recent book, Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf Press, 2014), won the National Book Critics Circle award for poetry in March and the 2015 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry. In 2014, she was a National Book Award finalist for Citizen and was honored with the Lannan Literary Award, the $50,000 Jackson Prize in Poetry, awarded by Poets and Writers, the 2014 American Academy of Arts and Letters: Morton Dauwen Zabel Award, the 2015 PEN Open Book Award and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work — Poetry.
Citizen, Rankine’s fifth book, is a prose poem that runs for more than 160 pages. She wrote it by asking friends about their personal experiences of everyday racism. The result, written in the second person, recounts these incidents — “calling them out,” as Rankine describes it — in a way that is brutally honest and utterly compelling.
“Citizen was a way for me to interrogate our present condition around violence and race in the United States,” Rankine said. “I wanted to start with the micro aggressions, with the day-to-day moments where racism initially shows itself in ways that don’t initially lead to scandal but that affect black and brown bodies’ mobility in the world. You constantly have to integrate these aggressions into your day-to-day living.”
Describing Citizen as the single most important collection of poetry of recent years, David St. John, professor of English and comparative literature, and chair of English, said Rankine’s work has always pushed the boundaries of the contemporary lyric.
She is without question one of the most powerful and humanizing writers we have today.“Claudia’s profound moral vision is nothing less than astounding,” St. John said. “In this historical moment, so wrenched by violence, her work has emerged as an essential voice of social justice. She is without question one of the most powerful and humanizing writers we have today.”David St. John
Artist and educatorRankine comes to USC Dornsife from Pomona College in Claremont, where she was Henry G. Lee Professor of English. She has also taught at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland; Barnard College in the city of New York; the University of Georgia; the University of Houston; and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop.
Her work Don’t Let Me Be Lonely (Graywolf Press, 2004), a meditation on death, has been acclaimed for its unique blend of poetry, essay, lyric and television imagery. Her other collections of poetry include Nothing in Nature Is Private (Cleveland State University Poetry Press, 1994), which won the Cleveland State Poetry Prize; The End of the Alphabet (Grove/Atlantic, 1998); and PLOT (Grove/Atlantic, 2001).
Rankine’s work has appeared in many journals, including the Southern Review and the Kenyon Review.
Her play, The Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue, was a 2011 Distinguished Development Project Selection in the American Voices New Play Institute at Arena Stage. Nominated for a Drama Desk Award, it was originally performed on a bus touring the South Bronx in September and October 2009.
Rankine wrote Existing Conditions With Casey Llewellyn, a three-act play commissioned by the Mellon Foundation and Haverford College and performed in 2010. In 2013, she was elected a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2013.
Rankine also collaborates on documentary multimedia pieces with her husband, photographer and film director John Lucas.
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short story slam week 31, write something or anything that seem spooky, uneasy, or scary.
the restless ocean waves are overwhelming
the way July sun does to earth;
in flood of swamping thoughts,
I see John Kerry surfing,
with San Francisco golden gate bridge submerging,
the nightingale frowns when the seagull deluges,
rylan victoria swallows too much crest mouth washer,
emotions inundate and bury,
the rotation of earth, sun, and moon engulf level of water,
a trillion sound bits collapse under the order of Bill Gates.
if I admit I am feeling overwhelmed...
When I feel overwhelmed,
If I play around for a haunted experience
before Halloween heat hits,
everything will be either left or right...
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Bats of the Republic is an illuminated novel of adventure, featuring hand-drawn maps and natural history illustrations, subversive pamphlets and science-fictional diagrams, and even a nineteenth-century novel-within-a-novel—an intrigue wrapped in innovative design.
In 1843, fragile naturalist Zadock Thomas must leave his beloved in Chicago to deliver a secret letter to an infamous general on the front lines of the war over Texas. The fate of the volatile republic, along with Zadock’s future, depends on his mission. When a cloud of bats leads him off the trail, he happens upon something impossible...
Three hundred years later, the world has collapsed and the remnants of humanity cling to a strange society of paranoia. Zeke Thomas has inherited a sealed envelope from his grandfather, an esteemed senator. When that letter goes missing, Zeke engages a fomenting rebellion that could free him—if it doesn’t destroy his relationship, his family legacy, and the entire republic first.
As their stories overlap and history itself begins to unravel, a war in time erupts between a lost civilization, a forgotten future, and the chaos of the wild. Bats of the Republic is a masterful novel of adventure and science fiction, of elliptical history and dystopian struggle, and, at its riveting core, of love.
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clouds in the sky
she did not expect Amelia to sit next to her,
often feeling uneasy about her womanly period,
and often she falls silent about Linsday's favor from a few boys
the end is sad
when Lindsay transfers to Westmore High,
so that Amelia obtains some focused fame,
eventually, both women attend UW college at Washington state.
the ability to open one's mind and shift gears
when it is needed is essential,
thus, when autumn is in the air,
we expect the leaves to fall, and pumpkins to sell
seconds, minutes, hours, days, nights, weeks, months,
years, decades, century, and dynasty,
trees grow year prints called nian lun,
demons wear consumes when it comes to Halloween
the world seem placid, plain, and pirate to small kids,
a quirky mindset won't win prize for being sneaky,
don't call me blogging buddy
unless you enjoy your freedom touching the board of writing whirling, daily.
everyone is welcome!
It Is all about gratitude to your parents, friends, teachers,
colleagues, neighbors, and community leaders..
I present my book at readings. I carry it with me everywhere and expose it at every opportunity. I don’t care if people laugh and are shocked and embarrassed and even a little jealous of my accomplishments.
Magical things have been happening.
Facebook which I used to hate I now love because it brought me and my book to the attention of nieces and nephews and cousins I hadn’t talked to in a long time. When I check Amazon for royalties now, I am so pleased to NOT know who bought my book.
The Pink Lady wants to have lunch with me. She is known in the West Valley for conducting lectures, workshops and classes in her house which is pink inside and out.
My book was raffled off at Maybin Hewes “Still Struttin” show and the winner was the lovely star, Ana Maria Alberghete, who shared a bit of the romance in her life while I autographed her book.
The laughing ladies of San Diego urged me to make a trailer to send to Ellen DeGeneres… Nancee Lewis is working on it. I assembled a wonderful bunch of local laughers and clappers to meet at my house January 15 for coffee, tea, cookies, cakes and me reading my stories while Nancee did her magic behind the camera.
She was surprised to learn that her young audiences were delighted with her seven minute, ribald stories about seniors still enjoying sex, romance and a good laugh about themselves.
She hoped to inspire the older crowd to drop some of their inhibitions, get more enjoyment out of life after sixty, and give the younger people a more hopeful look at the future. Sensuality after sixty seems to be the last taboo that TV and the movies seem reluctant to explore. This book may embarrass some, but hopefully it will titillate others to drop a few hang ups and grab what’s left of their lives with gusto and giggles.
Hello, I hope that you all have enjoyed a festival thanksgiving weekend,
here is a poet or story teller you shall pay attention to, thanks for reading
mind your placeherman grant saw what he thought was a buffet
only to be ousted for what again he thought was just a couple of shrimp
no one would miss them but that wasn't the thing that got him ousted
what got him on the floor heels in the air boot toes squeak like everything else squeaks
when hands clench shoulders wielding their own contention
was the fact that he was not invited
no one else was
mind you however he was especially not invited
like pickles in dessert
he pined the air familiar as most smiles lent to himself
as he enjoyed the plenty
unwittingly like severance pay in playpens
all the others saw him he was not to be talked to
and to the others locking eyes with him was at first thought
a hair pinned clothe in thy loose to the wind yet no one asks why its there
for they do not dare
tread beneath its shade
nor could they
prepared a chance to dance Two feet out
a bubble popped its' last regret
and they could not die not now the light Within is to good
and the waves will lay me when I'm done
and the others saw him as a rock that stays
but not in the good way
they took him there and lent him neither
pass nor preference until gate
the only thing he saw they proclaimed self sustaining invitations and they
relaxed each others tones with calm
sounds as street lamp coils fending off the first darkness of france
And to herman grant the hole thing seemed the same indifference was no difference
when day became night again
he sought to grow his hair and tend to the stars noting changes when he saw them
and spent his days minding places most of all
Hello, Happy December! Have an awesome birthdays this
time of the year, especially those of you who are born in the year of
sheep, goat, or Ram....we ask you to gather your wisdom,
share with us about your experiences on Holidays, it could be
a special case on your birthday, or a day who honors Christmas...
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Short Story Slam Week 34 on Holiday Sentiments
the winner is
the younger generations do talent show
as Camelya prays from thousands miles away
and Scott Stooding exams a rooster of string players
the younger generations do talent show
challenge they, you, and we culture
from Jupiter planet
As Camelya prays from thousands miles away
quails swim under the current
--fishing for an eel
Scott Stooding exams a rooster of string players
Christy Fine worries about Arron Fine
Yet Westmore music team wins
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as 2015, the year of sheep comes to an end,
2016 the year of monkey or unicorn come near,
We wish you music to your ear,
and stories to mars from your dear!
Santa clause delivers love,
Story tellers share experience,
Book traders demonstrate authors,
Bluebell Bell Books Twitter Club promote gem fairy tales.
We value all of those who contribute to our short story slams,
Including leading book promoters, such as Malvin Mays, Eric Loper,
Larry Alexandra Page, Bob Young, Jeffry Bezos, Amelia Wilson, Owen Yan,
not to exclude Jim Wu, Abbey Wood, Tom Lee, and Sheryl Kara Sandberg...
Let the bell jingle,
Let the stroy lines flow,
today we choose joy, love, and wonder,
tomorrow we share books, musical dvd, and poetry reading.
Where there is love there is life....
by Fiza Dawn
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It is Spring time, the air is fresh, and the field is loose,
let's celebrate green earth, fresh air, and new born babies...
innocent joy is of our major concern this slam week,
have lots of smiles today!
today, we pass a honor to a post generated by larry lawrence page,
which hosts lots of outstanding folks in the usa,
the posting name is
firestone tire and battery servicebefore Sam Walton invents Walmart,
There is a Murphy USA oil and Burger King lunch snack
before Walt Disney builds Magical kingdom and Epcot,
Thomas Boone Pickens promotes Clean Energy from Dallas, Texas
Before George Walker Bush becomes a republican president,
Laura Welch Bush has "The Hungry Caterpillar" books promoted
after 8 years of Barack Obama and 8 years of Bill Clinton,
we face challenges and questions of Xi Jinping, Shizo Abe, and John Handcock
Today, when i drive pass Firestone service center,
I discover some Rachael cooking tips, and a Sam water bottle, for free
As David Mooneyhan sells healthy watermelon in his Perkins shop,
Dustin, Jim, Chris fixes Ji Yan's 2011 Honda Civic car
the family video shop next door is cool,
nothing disturbs Bridgestone crew
since the car is perfect in motion,
we say thanks to Ottis Lewis, Jim Butts, Jason Virdin, Todd Cox, Steven Cline,
and Bryan Douglas Hall,
I do hear Frank Huang's mother, and i do send my blessing to Mariano Robinson
many years of living,
lots of people, products, food, and traveling
Spring is here at Maryland, Winter ends in February 7th in Laos,
How about a trip to Australia summer heat still roars strong,, or a vacation
to San Diego zoo or San Diego Sea World, where you can expreience
wild whales, dolphin show, or see water boats roll down a waterfall?
anyway, it is cold at my home, I image a tent indoor and wish
to let my thoughts fly and with short fiction posts worldwide...
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