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Thanks for joining our citywide conversation about race, social justice, and Claudia Rankine's Citizen: An American Lyric

A project of Lighthouse Writers Workshop, NEA Big Read, and the City & County of Denver, Denver Talks hosted six weeks of arts events, book talks, and community discussions, culminating in a free on-stage conversation with Rankine and Mayor Michael B. Hancock at Boettcher Concert Hall. More than 6,000 people attended a Denver Talks event this fall, with roughly 1,800 in the audience for author Claudia Rankine's on-stage talk with Mayor Michael B. Hancock. We handed out more than 1,600 free copies of Citizen, and the book was checked out 1,900 times through Denver Public Libraries. 

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About the Book

Claudia Rankine's Citizen looks at racism today, from everyday slights in the classroom and at the supermarket to police shootings nationwide to incidents involving public figures like Serena Williams and Zinedine Zidane. Using a blend of essay, image, and poetry, Rankine thoughtfully examines how these stresses accumulate—impacting the behavior, morale, and potential of individuals and communities. 

Citizen is the winner of the 2015 PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Literary Award, the 2015 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry, the 2015 Forward Prize for Best Collection, the 2015 PEN Open Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, and the Poets & Writers' Jackson Poetry Prize. It was named a best book of 2015 by the Atlantic, the Guardian, NPR, and more. 


About NEA Big Read

Denver Talks is one of 75 NEA Big Read grant recipients for 2017-2018. NEA Big Read aims to inspire conversation and discovery through good books, broadening our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves. 

NEA Big Read programs like Denver Talks include a kickoff event, activities involving the book and its themes, book discussions, and arts events. Denver Talks will also include a free on-stage conversation between Claudia Rankine, the author of Citizen, and Mayor Michael B. Hancock. 

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