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Seattle Arts and Lectures presents Hanif Abdurraqib—poet, essayist, music critic, and author of A Fortune For Your Disaster, They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us, and Go Ahead In the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest, among others. He takes the stage at Town Hall to reflect on his collected works and delve into the themes and stories that drive him.
Abdurraqib’s first collection of essays, They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us, released in 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. The essays revolve around musicians and other cultural figures like Serena Williams, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Bruce Springsteen, and Nina Simone, which he expertly intertwines with passages about his family, childhood, friends, and neighborhood, finding moments of joy and grace in a country that is armed against Black people.
Presented by Seattle Arts & Lectures.