Writers Series Presents Poet, Essayist, and Cultural Critic
By Chloe Mitchell ’21
St. Lawrence University’s annual Writers Series continues with a reading by poet and essayist Hanif Abdurraqib at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, in Sykes Common Room. He will also host a Spoken Word Open Mic event at noon on Friday, Oct. 12, in Sykes Common Room in which students and staff and members of the community are invited to perform. Both events are free and open to the public.
A poet, essayist, and cultural critic, Abdurraqib’s first full-length poetry collection, The Crown Ain’t Worth Much, was a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book prize. Abdurraqib wrote the recent poetry chapbook, Vintage Sadness, and debuted a collection of essays, They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us.
Abdurraqib’s work has been published in THE FADER, Pitchfork, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. He is a Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow and previously took his work to MTV News, where he wrote about the intersections of music, culture, and identity. Abdurraqib wrote the 2016 live shows for both MTV Video Music Awards and VH1’s Unsilent Night. He is a member of the poetry collective Echo Hotel with poet and essayist Eve L. Ewing.
The Writer Series is sponsored by St. Lawrence University’s Department of English and directed by Professor Natalia Singer. For more information, please contact the English department at 315-229-5125.