The Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program’s Bedell Distinguished Visiting Professor for Spring Semester Hanif Abdurraqib will read from and talk about his work. Abdurraqib is a multi-genre author whose most recent books include his acclaimed essay collection They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us, his New York Times bestselling biography of A Tribe Called Quest Go Ahead in the Rain, and his second poetry collection, A Fortune For Your Disaster. “When an author’s unmitigated brilliance shows up on every page, it’s tempting to skip a description and just say, Read this! Such is the case with this breathlessly powerful, deceptively breezy book of poetry.” —Booklist, Starred Review
Abdurraqib’s first poetry collection, The Crown Ain't Worth Much, was named a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Prize and was nominated for a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award, and They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us was named a best book of 2017 by Buzzfeed, Esquire, NPR, Oprah Magazine, and Pitchfork, among others. Abdurraqib lives in Columbus, Ohio. This special event has been sponsored by the University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program.