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Citizen by Claudia Rankine

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Claudia Rankine signing a copy of Citizen for a guest at the Graywolf Literary Gala
Jeff Shotts editing at his desk
Ilya Kaminsky and Carmen Giménez Smith at 2019 National Book Awards
cover of Tracy K. Smith's WADE IN THE WATER

We watch and grieve. We sleep, stir, eat. / Love: the heart sliced open, gutted, clean. // Love: naked almost in the everlasting street, / Skirt lifted by a different kind of breeze.

from "Unrest in Baton Rouge" by Tracy K. Smith, included in WADE IN THE WATER

New and Noteworthy

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Tony Hoagland, Martin Shaw
Exploring a mysterious corner of Europe
Kapka Kassabova
Finalist for the Int'l Booker Prize
Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, Michele Hutchison
Highly anticipated second collection
Eduardo Corral
"An essential voice to the genre of migrant literature"
Wayétu Moore
New book from Claudia Rankine coming in Sept
Claudia Rankine
Danez Smith is our president.
Danez Smith
New novel from “one of our culture’s preeminent novelists”
Percival Everett
Debut novel about familial and cultural breakdown in Cuba
Carlos Manuel Alvarez, Frank Wynne
"Sonically brilliant poems that refuse borders. . . "
Roy Guzman
Timely nonfiction about our national divide
Marie Mockett
Winner of the Walt Whitman Award
Leah Green
An Anthem of Desire Against Erasure
Natalie Diaz
“You are really really going to love these chickens”
Deb Unferth
Second novel from Booker-winner out now in US
Anna Burns
Rave reviews in NYT, New Yorker, and Boston Globe
Carmen Machado

In the News

image from Danez Smith's New Yorker Article
Crying, Laughing, Crying at the George Floyd Protests in Minneapolis by Danez Smith
The author of HOMIE and DON'T CALL US DEAD reflects in the NEW YORKER on the uprising in their home city. Read full story »

Citizen in the Classroom

Claudia Rankine's groundbreaking Citizen: An American Lyric and other books have inspired programming and sparked conversations in schools, universities, and communities across the country. (Photo credit: DP Jolly.)

She Would Be King by Wayetu Moore

Graywolf gave my story a chance when few others would. It's an honor and a privilege to join the roster of this world-class press, committed to disrupting the canon by taking wild, unpopular, beautiful chances.

Wayétu Moore