Camille Rankine is the daughter of Jamaican immigrants. She is the author of Incorrect Merciful Impulses, published by Copper Canyon Press in January 2016, and the chapbook Slow Dance with Trip Wire, selected by Cornelius Eady for the Poetry Society of America's 2010 New York Chapbook Fellowship. The recipient of a 2010 "Discovery"/Boston Review Poetry Prize and a finalist for The Poetry Foundation's 2014 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship, she was featured as an emerging poet in the fall 2010 issue of American Poet and the April 2011 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals, including American Poet, The Baffler, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Indiana Review, Narrative, Paper Darts, A Public Space and Tin House. Camille earned her BA from Harvard University, and her MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and The MacDowell Colony, and was named an Honorary Cave Canem fellow in 2012. She serves on the Executive Committee of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, chairs the Board of Trustees of The Poetry Project, and co-chairs the Brooklyn Book Festival Poetry Committee. She teaches at Brown and Columbia University, and lives in New York City.
“Fierce, beautiful, urgent, necessary. Dangerous stuff...This voice is news.”
—A Voice to Be Reckoned With: Cornelius Eady on Camille Rankine, American Poet, Fall 2010
“Camille Rankine says she never expects anything. But perhaps she should.”
—Welcome to It: Profile by Kimberly Reyes for the Poetry Foundation, February, 2014