Posts Tagged: Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib

What to Read When You Need Some Good News

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Take a quick break from the apocalyptic news and end your week with this list of books to eagerly anticipate (assuming the world doesn't end) instead! ...more

What to Read When You Want to Understand Middle America

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A list of books about middle America that can, maybe, help us understand some of the stories we tell about ourselves about ourselves. ...more

The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Khadijah Queen

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Khadijah Queen about her new collection I'm So Fine, the importance of including sexual assault as a part of everyday life, and how the poems in the collection found their form. ...more

Notable NYC: 3/18–3/24

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Saturday 3/18: Lisa Robertson and Uljana Wolf join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5.

Sunday 3/19: Michelle Hogmire, Edward Barkin, Claudia Summers, and Matt Basillere celebrate contributions to KGB Bar Lit. KGB Bar, 7 p.m., free.

Ariel Francisco, Sally Wen Mao, Jayson P.

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Notable Portland: 3/2–3/8

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Thursday 3/2: Join Alex Chiu, Sophie Franz, Josh Simmons, Lark Pien, Jacon Sturgill, Erin Nations, and others for the launch of the seventh issue of Vision Quest, Portland’s free comic newspaper. Floating World Comics, 6 p.m., free.

Robin Coste Lewis reads from her latest book, Voyage of the Sable Venus.

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Weekend Rumpus Roundup

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First, in the Saturday Essay, Byron F. Aspaas bares his slowly healing scars of communities lost before they were found and countries-turned-battlefields to remind us that our transformations into our true selves are never complete.

And the Rumpus Inaugural Poems project continues on this last weekend of freedom with “& who , this time” by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib and two poems, “horror movie pitch” and “horror movie pitch 2,” by Eve L.

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The Rumpus Inaugural Poems

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Official inaugural poems are a strange beast. There have only been five of them and the one we recognize as the first, Robert Frost’s “The Gift Outright,” wasn’t composed for President Kennedy’s inauguration. Frost recited it when the sun’s glare off the snow made the poem he’d written, “Dedication,” impossible to read.

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The Conversation: Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib and Paul Tran

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The sitting down to write, convincing myself that my voice matters, even though there are so many telling me that it doesn’t. ...more

The Conversation: Prologue

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Dear Reader,

For the past year, we, Aziza Barnes and Nabila Lovelace, The Founders of The Conversation, debated how we could create space for folk we love, whose work is critical, in the South. We had been living in New York, which is regarded as something of a safe haven for the Black writer.

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“Those Guys”

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At Seven Scribes, Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib interviews Mychal Denzel Smith about his new book, Invisible Man, Got The Whole World Watching. Among other things, they discuss black intersectionality, sneakers, and the problems with representing oneself as an “ally” in a public space: 

When opportunities come my way because I’ve written about queer theory, homophobia, or transphobia, and someone wants to interview ME about that, that’s a function of privilege.

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