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NEA Big Read
Spoken/Write: Citizens of Change

Saturday, March 24, 5 – 6:30 PM

Participants joined us for an evening of DJ beats and spoken word performances by Los Angeles based artists. This open-mic session showcased aspiring performers and writers in a timely gathering of local voices addressing national issues of race and citizenship. Music and poetry were inspired by the book, Citizen, An American Lyric, by Claudia Rankine.


Featured performers were provided through a partnership with Get Lit. NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.


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; and is the editor of several anthologies including The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. She also co-produces a video series, “The Situation,” alongside John Lucas, and is the founder of the Open Letter Project: Race and the Creative Imagination.