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309 | Hanif Abdurraqib: They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us

Sunday, April 29 | 6:00p - 7:00p
Chicago Athletic Association
12 S Michigan Ave | Chicago, IL | 60603
  • Members: $15
  • Public: $20
  • Students and Teachers: $10

Poet, writer, and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib uses his distinctly ruminative voice and deep investment in popular culture and music to dissect the everyday threats to the lives of black Americans. In They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us, inspired by the music of Ice Cube, Abdurraqib ranges over a cross-section of experiences, from attending a Bruce Springsteen concert the day after visiting Michael Brown’s grave in Ferguson to the first time he was ordered to the ground by police officers—for attempting to enter his own car. Chicago poet and author of Wild Hundreds, Nate Marshall joins Abdurraqib for what's sure to be an dynamic if sobering conversation.

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A book signing will follow this program.

Poems While You Wait is a group of Chicago poets who periodically set up shop to produce poems on the spot (see what we did there?) at events taking place around the city. We're thrilled to welcome them and their clackety typewriters to CHF's spring festival. Look for their table setup in the CAA lobby in between your programs and get a personalized poem to take home!


Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His first collection of poems, The Crown Ain’t Worth Much was nominated for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award and was a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book prize. His first collection of essays, They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us was named a book of the year by Esquire, NPR, Oprah Magazine, The Los Angeles Review, The Chicago Tribune, among others. His next books are Go Ahead in the Rain and They Don’t Dance No’ Mo’.

Nate Marshall is from the South Side of Chicago. He is an editor of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop and the Director of National Programs for Louder Than A Bomb Youth Poetry Festival. His book Wild Hundreds has won the Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s award for Poetry Book of the Year and The Great Lakes College Association’s New Writer Award, among others. His last rap album, Grown, came out in 2015 with his group Daily Lyrical Product.

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  • They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us
  • 11/7/2017