The GVSU Arts Celebration Lecture presents An Evening with Hanif Abdurraqib.

Hanif Abdurraqib

Date and Time

Tuesday, April 5, 2022 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


The GVSU Arts Celebration Lecture presents An Evening with Hanif Abdurraqib.

Hanif Abdurraqib, a poet, essayist, and cultural critic, will share ideas from his latest book, A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance. This will be followed by a conversation/between Abdurraqib and Dr. Louis Moore, GVSU professor of history.


Tuesday, April 5, 2022 

7 p.m. 

Virtual.  Register to receive the link.


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 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 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.

Louis Moore is associate professor of history at Grand Valley State University, where he teaches African American history, civil rights, sports, and U.S. history. He is the author of We Will Win the Day: The Civil Rights Movement, the Black Athlete, and the Quest for Equality and I fight for a living: Boxing and the Battle for Black Manhood, 1880–1915. Moore narrated and released an audiobook with The Great Courses called African-American Athletes Who Made History. The book was a best-seller on Audible in 2020. 


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