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Hanif Abdurraqib

Hanif Abdurraqib

St. Scholastica will host poet, essayist and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib for the annual Warner Reading Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, in the Mitchell Auditorium on campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Abdurraqib, from Columbus, OH, is the author of "The Crown Ain't Worth Much" (2016), "They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us" (2017), and New York Times best-seller "Go Ahead in the Rain" (2019). 

Abdurraqib will read selections from his poetry and non-fiction pieces for about 40 minutes. His presentation will be followed by a Q-and-A session and book signing.

Assistant English Professor Lupe Linares, an organizer of the event, said Abdurraqib is known for his unique perspective on pop culture and an appeal that transcends academic audiences.

"Abdurraqib's nonfiction is part music criticism, part cultural criticism, and always deeply poetic in how it analyzes anything and everything," she said, adding that it's a "special opportunity" to be able to bring him to campus.

"I think what folks can expect from the reading is to have their relationships with various figures from popular culture validated, analyzed, and complicated in exciting and unexpected ways," Linares said. "I think they can also expect to see specifically how racial identity informs our relationships with and to various artifacts of popular culture, be it a song, an athlete, or a pair of sneakers."

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