Hanif Abdurraqib

Longlist, 2019 National Book Awards

Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. He is the author of The Crown Ain’t Worth Much, nominated for a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us.
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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. He is the author of The Crown Ain’t Worth Much, nominated for a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us, named a best book of 2017 by NPR; Pitchfork; O, The Oprah Magazine; Chicago Tribune; Slate; Esquire; GQ; and Publisher’s Weekly; among others. He is a Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow, a poetry editor at Muzzle, and a member of the poetry collective Echo Hotel with poet/essayist Eve Ewing. Abdurraqib has multiple forthcoming books including the new collection of poems A Fortune For Your Disaster and a history of Black performance in the United States titled They Don’t Dance No Mo’.

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