EWA: Hanif Abdurraqib

Tuesday, November 1 - 7:00 PM

Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, cultural critic, MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellow, and award-winning New York Times bestselling author from Columbus, Ohio. Hanif has received the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, the Gordon Burn Prize, and the Lenore Marshall Prize; he has twice been a contender for the National Book Award; and he has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Kirkus Prize, and the The PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay.

In an age of confusion, fear, and loss, Hanif Abdurraqib's is a voice that matters. Whether he's attending a Bruce Springsteen concert the day after visiting Michael Brown's grave, or discussing public displays of affection at a Carly Rae Jepsen show, he writes with a poignancy and magnetism that resonates profoundly. In the wake of the nightclub attacks in Paris, Hanif recalls how he sought refuge as a teenager in music, at shows, and wonders whether the next generation of young Muslims will not be afforded that opportunity now. While discussing the everyday threat to the lives of Black Americans, Abdurraqib recounts the first time he was ordered to the ground by police officers: for attempting to enter his own car.

In essays that have been published by The New York Times, MTV, and Pitchfork, among others—along with original, previously unreleased essays—Abdurraqib uses music and culture as a lens through which to view our world, so that we might better understand ourselves, and in so doing proves himself a bellwether for our times.


40 E Broad St
Event Type
Special Events / Holiday


Thurber House

Date / Time

Tuesday, November 1, 2022
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Thurber House
(614) 464-1032
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