Hanif Abdurraqib

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 @ 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Free RSVP 2019-02-05 7 p.m. 2019-02-05 8:30 p.m. America/New_York Hanif Abdurraqib 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Join us for a reading with poet, essayist, and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraquib. Hanif will be reading selections from his books both published and forthcoming–They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us, Go Ahead In The Rain, A Fortune For Your Disaster, and They Don’t Dance No ‘Mo.

In an age of confusion, fear, and loss, Hanif Abdurraqib‘s is a voice that matters.

They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us is a collection of essays that have been published by the New York TimesMTV, and Pitchfork, among others—along with original, previously unreleased essays. Hanif 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.

This collection was named Best Book of the 2017 by NPR, BuzzfeedPaste MagazineEsquireChicago TribuneVol. 1 Brooklyn, CBC, Stereogum, National Post, Entropy, Heavy, Book Riot, Chicago Review of BooksThe Los Angeles ReviewMichigan Daily among others.

Hanif will also be reading from his forthcoming book on A Tribe Called Quest titled Go Ahead In The Rain (University of Texas Press, February 2019). Don’t miss this fresh and relevant reading from the writer NPR calls “one of the most essential voices of [our] generation.”


Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. He is the author of The Crown Ain’t Worth Much (Button Poetry/Exploding Pinecone Press, 2016), nominated for a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award and They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us (Two Dollar Radio, 2017), named a best book of 2017 by NPR, Pitchfork, Oprah Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Slate, Esquire, GQ, and Publisher’s Weekly, among others.  He is a Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow, a poetry editor at Muzzle Magazine, and a member of the poetry collective Echo Hotel with poet/essayist Eve Ewing. Abdurraqib has multiple forthcoming books including a book on A Tribe Called Quest titled Go Ahead In The Rain (University of Texas Press, February 2019), the new collection of poems A Fortune For Your Disaster (Tin House, 2019) and a history of Black performance in the United States titled They Don’t Dance No Mo’ (Random House, 2020).

Event Details

February 5, 2019 @ 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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