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MacArthur “Genuis,” Academy of American Poets Chancellor, and best-selling poet Claudia Rankine delivers a talk on contemporary poetry and poetics, followed by a reception and book sale and signing in the Guggenheim’s Frank Lloyd Wright–designed rotunda. Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry, including "Citizen: An American Lyric" (2014), winner of the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry and the 2016 Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt Book Prize for Poetry, among other distinctions, and "Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric" (2004). She has written two plays and edited several anthologies including "The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind" (2015). Rankine is currently the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry at Yale University in the departments of African American Studies and English. The Blaney Lecture, offered annually by a prominent poet, was created in memory of former Academy of American Poets Board member Dr. Dorothy Gulbenkian Blaney by a gift from her estate. This event is copresented by the Academy of American Poets and the Guggenheim Museum.