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Welcome to the first episode of Re\Verb, a podcast where music, literature and pop culture converge. In this episode we talk with Hanif Abdurraqib about Courtney Love, writing poems about songs from our youth we didn't know were about sex and his new ways of interacting with grief and pop culture. 



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Guest Bio


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Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His first full length poetry collection,The Crown Ain't Worth Much (2016, Button Poetry), was a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Prize and nominated for a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. With Big Lucks, he released a (sold out) limited edition chapbook, Vintage Sadness, in summer 2017. His first collection of essays, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us (2017, Two Dollar Radio) was named a book of the year by Buzzfeed, Esquire, NPR, Oprah Magazine, Paste, CBC, The Los Angeles Review, Pitchfork, and The Chicago Tribune, among others. He is a Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow, an interviewer at Union Station Magazine, and a poetry editor at Muzzle Magazine. Abdurraqib is also a member of the poetry collective Echo Hotel with poet/essayist Eve Ewing. His most recent  book is Go Ahead In The Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest.




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Your hosts are Third Man authors Ciona Rouse & Kendra DeColo:




Ciona Rouse is a poet and author of Vantablack (Third Man Books, 2017). Rouse is poetry editor of the literary journal Wordpeace and cohost of the Re/Verb podcast from Third Man Books. Her work can be found in Native Magazine, Gabby Journal, Matter: a journal of political poetry and commentary and Talking River. In addition to curating many poetry experiences and workshops in Nashville, she also collaborates with various artists to create multi-disciplinary performances, including the show The Longest Night with saxophonist Jeff Coffin and composer Jason Shelton at Oz Arts,  the Blair House Collective with musician and poet Adia Victoria and poet Caroline Randall Williams and Nick Cave: Feat with the visual artist Nick Cave for the Frist Art Museum, which was a performance at the Schermmerhorn Symphony Center in 2018, which was recognized as the year's best poetry performance in the Nashville Scene


Kendra DeColo's most recent book of poems, My Dinner with Ron Jeremy, is availalbe from Third Man Books (August 2016). Her first book Thieves in the Afterlife(Saturnalia Books, 2014), was selected by Yusef Komunyakaa for the 2013 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize and named “Favorite Nashville Poetry Book of 2014” by the Nashville Scene. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Ninth Letter, Indiana ReviewCopper NickelVerse Daily, Third Man Books' Language Lessons Vol. I, and elsewhere. She has received awards and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the Millay Colony, and the Tennessee Arts Commission. She is book editor at Muzzle Magazine and guest teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence College. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.


Enjoy this music mix curated by the guests of our podcast party! May it help you get in your zone to create some beautiful stuff.