Columbus-Based Poet/Essayist Hanif Abdurraqib to Speak at Parma Library

Photo courtesy of MacArthur Foundation

Mon 4/1 @ 7PM

Columbus native Adburraqib’s career trajectory has been meteoric. The 40-year-old author/cultural commentator published this first book of essays They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us in 2017, sharing his thoughts on music and growing up Black in Columbus. He followed that with another essay collection A Little Devil in America; Notes in Praise of Black Performance in 2021. He’s also published a pair of poetry collections, a book on Native Tongues hip-hop ensemble A Tribe Called Quest, and copious amounts of articles and reviews in magazines and newspapers. And in 2021 he won a MacArthur Fellowship for his work.

Abdurraqib will be at the Parma-Snow branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library for a conversation with Kansas author/bookseller Danny Caine. Masks are required for attendees per publisher’s requirement. The $30 tickets include a copy of Abdurraqib’s latest book, There’s Always This Year, a reflection on basketball and life. Mac’s Backs will have others of his books available for purchase.

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Go here to learn more about Abdurraqib.

Parma, OH 44134

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