Hanif Abdurraqib at Wellington School



Join us on campus for a conversation with award-winning poet, essayist, New York Times best-selling author, and Columbus native Hanif Abdurraqib about how identity and belonging shape our lives. His latest book, "A Little Devil In America" was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award and won the 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. This event is free and open to the Columbus community, but space is limited and registration is required.

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About Hanif Abdurraqib

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 Muchwas 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, in summer 2017 (you cannot get it anymore and he is very sorry.) His 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. He released Go Ahead In The Rain: Notes To A Tribe Called Quest with 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. His second collection of poems, A Fortune For Your Disaster, was released in 2019 by Tin House, and won the 2020 Lenore Marshall Prize. In 2021, he 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.

About Wellington School

Wellington is an independent, coeducational, preschool-through-grade 12, college-preparatory day school located in Columbus, Ohio. Learn more at www.wellington.org.

Event date: 
Wednesday, January 11, 2023 - 4:15pm
Event address: 
2116 Arlington Ave
Upper Arlington, OH 43221