HANIF ABDURRAQIB

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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. 

His next books are Go Ahead In The Rain, a biography of A Tribe Called Quest due out Feb 2019 by University of Texas Press, and They Don't Dance No' Mo', due out in 2020 by Random House.


INSTAGRAM: @Nifmuhammad
TWITTER: @Nifmuhammad
FACEBOOK: @HanifAbdurraqib

From his analysis of racism in Ohio mosh pits to his account of attending a Springsteen concert after visiting Michael Brown’s memorial in Ferguson, Abdurraqib represents a bold new voice in socio-music criticism.
— O, The Oprah Magazine
Abdurraqib bridges the bravado and bling of praise with the blood and tears of elegy.
— Terrance Hayes
Music nerds, rejoice! There are few critics alive today that can talk about music and culture with the same level of adoration and encyclopedic knowledge as Hanif Abdurraqib. It should come as no surprise, then, that They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us, his collection of music and culture essays, is ridiculously good. True to form, Abdurraqib will likely give you a whole new level of appreciation for some of your favorite music — so strap in, because fandom has never sounded so good.
— Shondaland
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