Hanif Abdurraqib

Longlist, 2021 National Book Awards
Longlist, 2019 National Book Awards

Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His poetry has been published in the PEN Poetry Series, Muzzle, Vinyl, and other journals, and his essays and criticism have been published in The New Yorker, New York Times, Pitchfork, and Fader.
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A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance

ISBN 9781984801197 Random House / Penguin Random House

At the March on Washington in 1963, Josephine Baker was fifty-seven years old, well beyond her most prolific days. But in her speech she was in a mood to consider her life, her legacy, her departure from the country she was now triumphantly returning to. “I was a devil in other countries, and I was a little devil in America, too,” she told the crowd. More about this book >

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Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest

ISBN 9781477316481 University of Texas Press

Poet and essayist Hanif Abdurraqib digs into the A Tribe Called Quest’s history and draws from his own experience to reflect on how its distinctive sound resonated among fans like himself. The result is as ambitious and genre-bending as the rap group itself. More about this book >

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Hanif Abdurraqib

Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His poetry has been published in the PEN Poetry Series, Muzzle, Vinyl, and other journals, and his essays and criticism have been published in The New Yorker, New York Times, Pitchfork, and Fader. His first full-length poetry collection, The Crown Ain’t Worth Much, was named a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Award and nominated for a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. His second collection of poems, A Fortune for Your Disaster, won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. His first collection of essays, They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us was named a book of the year by NPR, Esquire, BuzzFeed, O: The Oprah Magazine, Pitchfork, and Chicago Tribune, among others. Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest was a New York Times bestseller, a National Book Critics Circle Award, and a Kirkus Prize finalist, and was Longlisted for the National Book Award.

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