The Reid Family Writers
of Color Reading Series

Since 2008, The Reid Family Writers of Color Reading Series has brought a procession of some of the most celebrated writers of color to Fordham.  Events have included readings, master classes and panel discussions.  The English Department at Fordham is deeply grateful to the Reid Family for their generosity.

Student Testimonials and Media
The Reid Family Prize
List of previous Reid Writers

2016 Reid Writer: Claudia Rankine

Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely; two plays including Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue; numerous video collaborations, and is the editor of several anthologies including The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. For Citizen, Rankine won the Forward Prize for Poetry, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry (Citizen was also nominated in the criticism category, making it the first book in the award’s history to be a double nominee), the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the PEN Open Book Award, and the NAACP Image Award. A finalist for the National Book Award, Citizen also holds the distinction of being the only poetry book to be a New York Times bestseller in the nonfiction category. Among her numerous awards and honors, Rankine is the recipient of the Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts. She lives in California and is the Aerol Arnold Chair in the University of Southern California English Department.


Reviews for Citizen:

“The challenge of making racism relevant, or even evident, to those who do not bear the brunt of its ill effects is tricky. Rankine brilliantly pushes poetry’s forms to disarm readers and circumvent our carefully constructed defense mechanisms against the hint of possibly being racist ourselves.” —New York Times

“A singular perspective, a consummate talent, and a courageous spirit.”
—Jackson Prize Judges Citation

“Citizen is the book of a generation.” — The Sunday Times (UK)

April 15, 2016

10:00 am - 10:45 am

11:00 am - 11:30 am

11:30 am - 1:00 pm



The Racial Imaginary Workshop (Invitation Only)

VIP Reception (Invitation Only)

Reading with winner of Reid Family Prize, Fordham CURA student contributors, official launch of CURA Magazine Spring issue dedicated to Black Lives Matter. Q & A and book-signing to follow. (Open to the Public)




The Reid events are made possible through the generosity of Kenneth and Frances K. Reid and the sponsorship of the Fordham English and African & African American Studies departments, the Graduate Student Association and the Creative Writing Program.