Literature, Poetry and Dialogue
Claudia Rankine is a poet, essayist, playwright and the editor of several anthologies. Her most recent work, the book-length poem, Citizen: An American Lyric won the 2014 Los Angeles Times Book Award, the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry and was the first book in the award’s history to be nominated in both poetry and criticism. Last year, Rankine announced that she would use the money from her recently bestowed MacArthur “Genius” Grant (US$ 625 000) to help establish the Racial Imaginary Institute in Manhattan, a project where artists will present talks, read essays, host podcasts, and exhibit work focused on race, race relations and the creative imagination.

Literature Programme (Free to the public)

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Refreshments and snacks will be provided before the talks and workshops.


1) Masterclass Workshop with Claudia Rankine. The importance of writing; unpacking the racial imagination and going beyond.

Joburg Theatre,

Tuesday 13th June @ 2pm


2) Panel Discussion: What is A Decolonised Africa? Young Writers’ Perspectives.

Panellists still to be confirmed.

Joburg Theatre,

Tuesday 13th June @ 6.30pm