Mar 15

Visual Interview: Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib

a photo by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqiba photo by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqiba photo by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqiba photo by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqiba photo by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqiba photo by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqiba photo by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqiba photo by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqiba photo by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib 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 music, and fights to get Room Raiders back on the air. He thinks poems can change the world, but really wants to talk to you about music, sports, and sneakers.

About The Author

Erin Dorney is a poet and cofounder of FEAR NO LIT. Based in Minnesota, she is a freelance writer and marketing consultant who covers food trends, small business, tourism, literature, and the arts. Follow Erin on Twitter at @edorney.