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Hanif Abdurraqib: The Intersections Of Mundane Pleasures

  • NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Jack Crystal Theater 111 Second Avenue, 5th Floor New York, NY 10003 (map)

Hanif Abdurraqib: The Intersections Of Mundane Pleasures

photo by Marcus Jackson

photo by Marcus Jackson

The 4th Annual Humanities Lecture, presented in collaboration with Princeton University Press

Poet, essayist, and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib will explore how our living in and throughout the world is also an act of writing. He’ll speak about curiosity, rigid ideas around genre, and the way living in the world can impact and foster curiosity.

Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His poetry has been published in Muzzle, Vinyl, PEN American, and various other journals. His essays and music criticism have been published in The FADER, Pitchfork, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. His first full length poetry collection, The Crown Ain't Worth Much, was released in June 2016 from Button Poetry. It was named a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Prize, and was nominated for a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. With Big Lucks, he released a limited edition chapbook, Vintage Sadness, in summer 2017 (you cannot get it anymore and he is very sorry.) His first collection of essays, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, was released in winter 2017 by Two Dollar Radio and was named a book of the year by Buzzfeed, Esquire, NPR, Oprah Magazine, Paste, CBC, The Los Angeles Review, Pitchfork, and The Chicago Tribune, among others. He is a Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow, an interviewer at Union Station Magazine, and a poetry editor at Muzzle Magazine. He is also a member of the poetry collective Echo Hotel with poet/essayist Eve L. Ewing.

Hanif’s book “Go Ahead In The Rain” (University of Texas Press, 2019) debuted as a NY Times Best Seller. His next book will be “A Fortune For Your Disaster” due out Sep 2019 by Tin House followed by “They Don't Dance No' Mo'“, due out in Jan 2021 by Random House.

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