2022 MacArthur Genius Award Winner Hanif Abdurraqib


2022 MacArthur Genius Award Winner Hanif Abdurraqib is coming to Central State University on September 20, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. for a public reading and a fireside chat with Dr. Jenny Cruz and Q&A.  (photo – Hanif Abdurraqib by Megan Leigh Barnard)
Free and open to the public!

 
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. 
 
Hanif Abdurraqib’s 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.
(The Crown Ain’t Worth Much Button Poetry Exploding Pinecone)
 
In the summer of 2017 (you cannot get it anymore, and he is very sorry.) Hanif Abdurraqib’s 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. 
(They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us 2 Dollar Radio)
 
Hanif Abdurraqib released Go Ahead In The Rain: Notes To A Tribe Called Quest with the University of Texas Press in February 2019. The book became a New York Times Bestseller, was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize, and was longlisted for the National Book Award.
(Go Ahead in the Rain NYT best seller cover)
 
Hanif Abdurraqib’s second collection of poems, A Fortune For Your Disaster, was released in 2019 by Tin House and won the 2020 Lenore Marshall Prize.
(A-Fortune-For-Your-Disaster-Cover-RBG)
 
In 2021, Hanif Abdurraqib released the book A Little Devil In America with Random House, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the The PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. The book won the 2022, Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction and the Gordon Burn Prize. Hanif is a graduate of Beechcroft High School.
(A Little Devil in America)