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FREE | Minnesota State Write Like Us Presents Author Hanif Abdurraqib

April 12, 2022 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm EDT

Minnesota State Write Like Us Presents Author Hanif Abdurraqib
Minnesota State Write Like Us presents lauded author Hanif Abdurraqib at Minneapolis College (MCTC) Tuesday, April 12 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

About this event

Write Like Us is proud to present award-winning poet, essayist, and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib for a free public reading and interview. Abdurraqib will read from his creative work, followed by an interview by author Sagirah Shahid.

Tickets are free and open to the public. Attendees are required to wear a face mask and follow all relevant Minnesota State COVID-19 mandates. An ASL interpreter will be provided at the event.

Write Like Us is an equity-based creative writing program at five Twin Cities metro-area community colleges: Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Century College, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Normandale Community College, and North Hennepin Community College. Write Like Us centers and celebrates the work of BIPOC writers and writing students, fostering literary mentorship and leadership as it builds a platform for shared stories, voices, and lived experiences. For more information about Write Like Us and our other author events, see Write Like Us. Make a donation to Write Like Us by texting “write” to 243725. We appreciate your support!

For more information about MCTC’s Associate of Arts with emphasis in Creative Writing, see MCTC Creative Writing.

For programming questions or press, please contact [email protected].

Photo of Hanif Abdurraqib by Kate Sweeney.


Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His poetry has been published in MuzzleVinylPEN American, and various other journals. His essays and music criticism have been published in The FADERPitchforkThe 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 winter 2017 by Two Dollar Radio and was named a book of the year by BuzzfeedEsquire, NPR, Oprah MagazinePasteCBCThe Los Angeles ReviewPitchfork, 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. His newest release, A Little Devil In America, was published with Random House in 2021. He is a graduate of Beechcroft High School.


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