Hanif Abdurraqib

2020 Lannan Literary Fellowship for Poetry

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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 by Button Poetry. It was named a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Award and was nominated for a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. With Big Lucks, he released a limited edition chapbook, Vintage Sadness, in summer 2017. (It is no longer available, 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 honored 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 best seller, was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize, and was long-listed 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 Poetry Prize. In 2021 he will release the book A Little Devil in America with Random House. He is a graduate of Beechcroft High School in Columbus.

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