Camille Rankine is the daughter of Jamaican immigrants. Her first full-length collection of poetry, Incorrect Merciful Impulses, was published in 2016 by Copper Canyon Press. She is also the author of 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, she was featured as an emerging poet in the April 2011 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine and as one of Brooklyn Magazine's top 100 cultural influencers of 2017. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals, including The Baffler, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, The New Yorker, The New York Times, A Public Space, and Tin House, and is forthcoming in Poetry Magazine and The Believer. 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. A graduate of Harvard University and Columbia University's School of the Arts, she co-chairs the Brooklyn Book Festival Literary Council, and is an assistant professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University.




“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