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Claudia Rankine at the Loft Literary Center in 2015. Star Tribune file photo.

Claudia Rankine at the Loft Literary Center in 2015. Star Tribune file photo.

Minneapolis publisher Graywolf Press announced today that they will publish the first play by poet Claudia Rankine in 2019. "The White Card," a one-act play, premiered in Boston last month. It "stages a conversation that is both informed and derailed by the Black / White American drama," Rankine said in a press release. "The scenes in this one-act play ... explore what happens if one is willing to stay in the room when it is painful to bear the pressure to listen and the obligation to respond."

Rankine's book, "Citizen," published by Graywolf in 2014, won the National Book Critics Circle award for poetry and was a finalist for a National Book Award.
Graywolf will publish "White Card" on March 19, 2019.