Citizen Reading and Discussion Program

Citizen: An American Lyric

Citizen has been described as “a provocative meditation on race.” Through its beautiful use of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays, and memoirs, Citizen brings to light moments of overt and subtle racism that often surface in everyday encounters. Citizen is a featured title in the NEA’s “Big Read” program. Read more about the author, text, and associated resources here.

Given both the provocative and important place that the subject of race continues to play in American society, the Citizen discussion group is designed to give participants a safe environment to talk freely and in a non-confrontational manner about their life experiences as they relate to the themes in the text.

Any non-profit tax-exempt organization in Florida is eligible to apply to host a program.

Claudia Rankine — excerpt from “Citizen”

Claudia Rankine reads an excerpt from “Citizen” at the 2014 Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness, March 29, 2014 at the National Geographic Grosvenor Auditorium in Washington, DC. Published on April 18, 2014.

This program occasionally contains strong language which may be unsuitable for children.
Video by Jack Gordon |

To access the on-line application form, applicants must contact Tyler Tarrant, Program Coordinator, at 727-873-2040, to discuss their proposal and receive an application password. No-unsolicited or hard-copy proposals will be accepted.