Hanif Abdurraqib on “The Intersections of Mundane Pleasures”—Nov. 14 Lecture


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    Hanif Abdurraqib

Newswise — The New York Institute for the Humanities will host poet, essayist, and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib for “The Intersections of Mundane Pleasures,” its Fourth Annual Humanities Lecture, on Thurs., Nov. 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at NYU’s Jack Crystal Theater, Tisch School of the Arts (111 Second Avenue, 5th Floor [between 6th and 7th Streets]). 

The event, presented in collaboration with Princeton University Press, is free and open to the public. 

In his lecture, Abdurraqib will explore how our living in and throughout the world is also an act of writing, focusing on curiosity, rigid ideas around genre, and the way living can influence and foster curiosity. 

Abdurraqib’s poetry has been published in Muzzle, Vinyl, PEN American, and other publications. His essays and music criticism have appeared in the FADER, Pitchfork, the New Yorker, and the New York Times. His first full-length poetry collection, The Crown Ain't Worth Much (Button Poetry, 2016), 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 (Two Dollar Radio, 2017), 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 is a Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow, an interviewer at Union Station Magazine, and a poetry editor at Muzzle Magazine. He is also a member of the poetry collective Echo Hotel with poet/essayist Eve L. Ewing. Abdurraqib’s Go Ahead in the Rain (University of Texas Press, 2019) debuted as a New York Times best-seller and was followed last month by A Fortune For Your Disaster (Tin House). His They Don't Dance No Mo' will be published by Random House in 2021. 

An RSVP is required at: http://bit.ly/33QAO4s. For more information, please call 212.998.2101 or email nyih.info@nyu.edu. 

Subways: 6 (Astor Place); R, W (8th Street) 

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