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.
His first collection of essays, “They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us,” was released in 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 a member of the poetry collective Echo Hotel with poet and essayist Eve Ewing.
Abdurraqib received an honorary degree in human ecology from the College of the Atlantic.
The Crown Ain’t Worth Much
They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us
Find more of Abdurraqib’s writing, including poems, essays and interviews, at www.abdurraqib.com/publications