Saeed Jones in conversation with Hanif Abdurraqib

July 31, 2020 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights Virtual - Zoom

Please join us for a virtual reading with Saeed Jones, author of How We Fight for Our Lives and conversation with Hanif Abdurraqib, author of A Fortune for Your Disaster.

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How We Fight for Our Lives was named A New York Times Book Review Notable book of 2019, An NPR Favorite Book of 2019, an O Magazine Best LGBTQ Book of 2019, and a Publishers Weekly Best Non-Fiction Book of 2019, among others. The New Yorker calls it "Urgent, immediate, matter of fact….The prose in Saeed Jones’s memoir How We Fight for Our Lives shines with a poet’s desire to give intellections the force of sense impressions.”

Saeed Jones is the author of Prelude to Bruise, winner of the 2015 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry and the 2015 Stonewall Book Award/Barbara Gittings Literature Award. The poetry collection was also a finalist for the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as awards from Lambda Literary and the Publishing Triangle in 2015. Jones was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and grew up in Lewisville, Texas. He earned a BA at Western Kentucky University and an MFA at Rutgers University-Newark. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.

He will be joined in conversation by Hanif Abdurraqib, author of the poetry collections A Fortune for Your Disaster (2019) and They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us (2017), and the book of cultural criticism Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest (2019), which was named as a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. 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. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.

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