A Conversation with Hanif Abdurraqib - National Council of Teachers of English

Celebrate basketball’s biggest month with literary inspiration and triumph.

Join the conversation with Hanif Abdurraqib, author, poet, and cultural critic. He’ll explore his lifelong love of the game and what it means to make it, who we think deserves success, the tension between excellence and expectation, and the very notion of role models, all of which he expertly weaves together with intimate, personal storytelling.

In an upcoming opportunity, attendees will have the opportunity to obtain a free digital copy of the new book, There’s Always This Year: On Basketball and Ascension, courtesy of the publisher.

March 15, 4:00–5:00 p.m. ET

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Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio, and the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” grant. His most recent book, A Little Devil in America, was the winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Gordon Burn Prize and a finalist for the National Book Award. His first collection of essays, They Can’t Kill Us until They Kill Us, was named one of the books of the year by NPR, Esquire, BuzzFeed, O: The Oprah Magazine, Pitchfork, and the Chicago Tribune, among others. Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest was a New York Times bestseller, a National Book Critics Circle Award and Kirkus Prize finalist, and was longlisted for the National Book Award. There’s Always This Year: On Basketball and Ascension is forthcoming from Random House on March 26, 2024. He is a graduate of Beechcroft High School.





Antero Garcia is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University and Vice President of the National Council of Teachers of English. His research explores the possibilities of speculative imagination and healing in educational research. Prior to completing his PhD, Garcia was an English teacher at a public high school in South Central Los Angeles. He has authored or edited more than a dozen books about the possibilities of literacies, play, and civics in transforming schooling in America. His recent books include All Around the Town: The School Bus as Educational Technology and Civics for the World to Come: Committing to Democracy in Every Classroom. Antero currently coedits La Cuenta (lacuenta.substack.com), an online publication centering the voices and perspectives of individuals labeled undocumented in the US. Antero received his PhD in the Urban Schooling division of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.