Come to the first pairing of the new year at The Bowery Poetry Club (308 Bowery, just south of Bleecker St.). Take note of the new start time—6:00 pm! Tickets are available here.
Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His poetry has been published in Muzzle, Vinyl, PEN American, and various other journals. His essays and music criticism has been published in The FADER, Pitchfork, and The New York Times. He has been nominated for the pushcart prize, and his poem “Hestia” won the 2014 Capital University poetry prize. His first full length collection, The Crown Ain’t Worth Much, is forthcoming in 2016 from Button Poetry / Exploding Pinecone Press. He is a Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow, an interviewer at Union Station Magazine, and a poetry editor at Muzzle Magazine. He is a member of the poetry collective Echo Hotel with poet/essayist Eve Ewing. Additionally, he is a columnist at MTV News, where he writes about the intersections of music, race, and culture.
Born and raised in Chicago Illinois, 23-year-old Steven Willis uses his creative writing background to poetically reflect on the pop culture issues of our time. With art heavily influenced by urban life and religion, Steven mixes elements of hip hop and classic literature to help express his eclectic personal narrative. A recent graduate of Manhattanville College in Purchase, Willis began doing spoken word at the age of 15 as a particpant of Louder Than A Bomb and has performed for the likes of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Olympic Track Gold Medalist Sonya Richards Ross. Steven was Louder Than A Bomb University’s 2014 Individual Champion, is a contributing writer to the BreakBeat Poets Anthology and Manhattanville College’s Graffiti Magazine, a member of Nuyorican Poetry Team 2015, Brooklyn Slam Team 2016 and an Individual World Poetry Slam finalist.