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Staff Reading Recs: Black History Month

It's Black History Month, agents! We're celebrating by sharing some Secret Agent Supply staff picks by Black authors. 
Magical Negro by Morgan Parker

 "Morgan Parker is one of my favorite contemporary poets because she's so multifaceted. I see a lot of myself reflected in her work. I went to a reading of hers last year, and she talked about writing blackness from her vantage point and how no one can tell you ('you' as in Black people) how to be Black. There is no one way that we exist! The poems in Magical Negro emphasize all those points." -Ola Faleti, 826CHI Development Manager 

They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Abdurraqib

 "Hanif writes so vividly about music and its relationship to memory and culture and sense of self. Whether you're passionate about concerts or you only sing in the shower, you'll connect with the emotional honesty of these essays. Also, look at that cover!" -Waringa Hunja, 826CHI Publications Manager

Don't Call Us Dead by Danez Smith

"You're going to have goosebumps for all 826 pages and long after, any time you think about this book. Don't Call Us Dead pulses with hope. Danez braids personal illness, societal ills, and their mythic imagination into an ecstatic anthology that should be required reading for all Americans." -Gaby FeBland, 826CHI Communications Coordinator

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