Twelve Literary Arts 

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Hanif Abdurraqib Live at Mahall's

Monday, December 2 | 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Mahall's 20 Lanes 

13200 Madison Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44107

$10 Donation 

Tonight, New York Times Best-Selling poet and author Hanif Abdurraqib reads selections from his collection of essays "Go Ahead in the Rain". Hanif will also read from his latest collection of poems. Tonight's reading is a partnership between Mahall's 20 Lanes, Bravo Artist and Twelve Literary Arts with all proceeds going towards Twelve Literary Arts' new administrative and program offices in the historic Glenville neighborhood. 

About Hanif:

Hanif 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 have been published in The FADER, Pitchfork, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. His first full length poetry collection, The Crown Ain't Worth Muchwas released in June 2016 from Button Poetry. It was named a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Prize, and was nominated for a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. With Big Lucks, he released a limited edition chapbook, Vintage Sadness, in summer 2017 (you cannot get it anymore and he is very sorry.) His first collection of essays, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, was released in winter 2017 by Two Dollar Radio and 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 released Go Ahead In The Rain: Notes To A Tribe Called Quest with University of Texas press in February 2019. The book became a New York Times Bestseller, and was met with critical acclaim. His second collection of poems, A Fortune For Your Disaster, is being released by Tin House Books in September 2019.

Adebe DeRango-Adem, Thomas Mira y Lopez, and Meghan Louise Wagner

Tuesday, December 3 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Brews+Prose @ Market Garden Brewery 

1947 W. 25th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113

$10 Donation 

In partnership with Brews+Prose and Market Garden Brewery, Twelve Literary Arts are proud to co-sponsor the Cleveland debut of TLA poet-in-residence Adebe DeRango-Adem who will read poems alongside Thomas Mira y Lopez and Meghan Louise Wagner Join us for this reading of literary all stars in our midst!

About the Writers:

Adebe DeRango-Adem is a writer and former attendee of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics (Naropa University), where she mentored with poets Anne Waldman and Amiri Baraka. Her debut book of poems, Ex Nihilo (2010) became a finalist for the Dylan Thomas Prize, while her second collection, Terra Incognita (2015) was nominated for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Her newest poetry collection, The Unmooring, was published in 2018 by Mansfield Press. A poem from the collection was featured in the 2019 Poem-In-Your-Pocket anthology, co-created by the League of Canadian Poets and the Academy of American Poets.

Thomas Mira y Lopez is the author of The Book of Resting Places (Counterpoint Press, 2017). His work has appeared in The American Scholar, The Georgia Review, and Kenyon Review Online among other places and he has received fellowships from Colgate University and the MacDowell Colony. He's an editor of Territory, a literary project about maps, and a lecturer at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

Meghan Louise Wagner is a writer from Cleveland, OH, She is currently a student in the NEOMFA. Her work has appeared in such places as Flash Fiction Magazine, Jellyfish Review, Anti-Heroin Chic, and Literally Stories.