July 11, 7P
at Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield
presented by WordXWord Festival
Hanif Abdurraqib-Willis is a poet and writer from Columbus, Ohio. He is the editor of Again I Wait For This To Pull Apart, an anthology forthcoming from Freezeray Press. His work has been published in Radius, Stirring, Muzzle, Vinyl, joINT, Borderline, and other journals. Hanif has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and his poem “Hestia” won the 2014 Capital University poetry prize. His first collection of poems, The Crown Ain’t Worth Much, will be released by Button Poetry in 2015.
“I knew that I wanted to see representation in the work, as far as a person of color using popular culture and music to unpack larger fears and anxieties about being black and alive in America. I think it serves as an entry point for people who may otherwise not be willing to dig into those conversations.”
– Willis-Abdurraqib, from an interview with Leslie D. Rose