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Featuring Hanif Abdurraqib with
special guest Glenis Redmond

February 28th, 2019
UNC Asheville Lipinsky Auditorium
7:00 PM / Doors 6:00 PM

Come hear the dynamic voices of Asheville youth in the Listening Project Live: Youth Voices on Race, Gentrification and Home. Last year, Listening Project student participants told ACSF that they want to talk about race. Students are uncomfortable with the disparities they see everyday in their classrooms and community, and they want to be part of the solution. Poet and MTV Cultural Critic, Hanif Abdurraqib, and Poet, Teaching Artist and Imagination Activist, Glenis Redmond, will moderate this powerful evening of spoken-word poetry.

"It is through beauty, poetry and the visionary power of our youth that the world will be renewed.”

Read the New York Times' glowing review of Hanif's work here.


Includes event ticket + reception and also supports the ACSF Student Ticket Fund.

Reception is a pre-event celebration of Hanif's new book, "Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest". Hors d'ouevres provided by Benne on Eagle. Wine and beer generously donated by Biltmore Wines, Sierra Nevada Brewing and Highland Brewing Company.

about our featured speakers

Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. Hanif’s 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, The New York Times, and MTV News, where he was a columnist. His first full length poetry collection, The Crown Ain’t Worth Much, was published in 2016 by Button Poetry and is a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Award for Poetry.

Glenis Redmond is grounded in many worlds: Poetry, The Teaching Arts and Imagination Activism. Glenis is an award-winning poet, author of Backbone and Under The Sun and a Kennedy Center teaching artist. She is also a dynamic performer of her work and has presented all around the country for both student and adult audiences.