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October 6, 2022
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Hanif Abdurraqib on stage

What happens at the exit point? How do you build the lighthouse? That’s the real question of storytelling.”


The renowned poet and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib gives a masterclass of storytelling for CreativeMornings/Columbus. He shares how an essay about Soul Train he was struggling to write ended up folding in Depression-era dance marathons and became a story about devotion. For creators who feel like they continue to orbit the same topic, take heart; Abdurraqib advises you to go deeper and learn to tell the same story in a hundred different ways. Endlessly quotable and profoundly felt, Hanif Abdurraqib’s talk is a beacon for the kind of craft and stories we want to see in the world. 

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard.

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I found myself absorbed in all the stories while writing this newsletter and lost track of time. How did the days and nights pass so quickly?

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