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  • Friday, March 31, 2017
  • 11:00 AM–12:00 PM
  • CFAC Recital Hall

Jessica Hopper will interview poet/writer Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib, exploring subjects like contemporary black poetry, The Wire, and the intersections of punk, race and class. They will also discuss the importance of representation in pop culture, of making culture oneself, and of working in creative communities.

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His first collection of poems, The Crown Ain't Worth Much, was released by Button Poetry in 2016. His first collection of essays, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, is forthcoming from Two Dollar Radio in winter 2017.

Jessica Hopper is a music journalist and writer currently serving as the editorial director for music at MTV News. She has been noted for her "influence and support for the diversification of voice and perspective within music journalism." The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic, a compilation of her essays, reported pieces, zines, and reviews, was published in May 2015. Her book, The Girls Guide to Rocking, was named one of 2009’s Notable Books for Young Readers by the American Library Association.


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