At Home with Literati: Lynn Melnick & Hanif Abdurraqib

Tuesday, November 22, 2022 - 6:00pm

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We're pleased to welcome Lynn Melnick to our At Home with Literati Series in support of I've Had to Think Up a Way to Survive: On Trauma, Persistence, and Dolly Parton. She will be joined in conversation by Hanif Abdurraqib.

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"It is a mighty task to write generously, robustly, and imaginatively about Dolly Parton, who already exists so broadly at the intersection of many American imaginations, all of them flourishing and fluorescent. But what Lynn Melnick has managed is beyond mere tribute, and beyond biography--it is a rich, close reading of multiple lives that sometimes find themselves touching. The narratives in this book are masterfully presented and do justice not only to the life of its central subject but also to the life of its writer."--Hanif Abdurraqib

Lynn Melnick is the author of three books of poetry and a contributor to Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture. Her poems have appeared in the New Republic, the New Yorker, and the Paris Review; her essays have appeared in Jewish Currents, LA Review of Books, and Poetry Daily.

Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His poetry has been published in PEN American, Muzzle, Vinyl, and other journals, and his essays and criticism have been published in The New Yorker, Pitchfork, The New York Times, and Fader. His first full-length poetry collection, The Crown Ain't Worth Much, was named a finalist for the Eric Hoffer book award and nominated for a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. His first collection of essays, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us was named a book of the year by NPR , Esquire, BuzzFeed, O: The Oprah Magazine, Pitchfork and Chicago Tribune, among others. Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest was a New York Times bestseller and a National Book Critics Circle Award and Kirkus Prize finalist and was longlisted for the National Book Award. His second collection of poems, A Fortune for Your Disaster, won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. He is a graduate of Beechcroft High School. In 2021, he was named a MacArthur "Genius Grant" Fellow.

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I've Had to Think Up a Way to Survive: On Trauma, Persistence, and Dolly Parton (American Music Series) By Lynn Melnick Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781477322673
Published: University of Texas Press - October 4th, 2022

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A Fortune for Your Disaster By Hanif Abdurraqib Cover Image
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Published: University of Texas Press - February 1st, 2019