Chris Abani

Chris performed on stage for Seriously Entertaining at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater on June 13, 2016, speaking on the evening’s theme, “When Strangers Meet.” Watch it below.  

Chris Abani is a novelist, poet, essayist, screenwriter, and playwright. His latest book, Smoking the Bible, was published in 2022. Among his many honors are the PEN Hemingway Book Prize and a Guggenheim fellowship. Through his TED Talks, public speaking, and essays, Abani is known as an international voice on humanitarianism, art, ethics, and our shared political responsibility. He is the Board of Trustees Professor of English at Northwestern University.

In his own words: “Writers and storytellers as a whole are curators of our common humanity. This is difficult because we curate not just the good, but also the bad, the totality that makes us beautiful.”

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