The Black Period: On Personhood, Race, and Origin

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6.3 X 9.4 X 1.6 inches | 1.75 pounds

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About the Author

Hafizah Augustus Geter is a Nigerian American writer, poet, and literary agent born in Zaria, Nigeria, and raised in Akron, Ohio, and Columbia, South Carolina. She is the author of the poetry collection Un-American, an NAACP Image Award and PEN Open Book Award finalist. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Bomb, The Believer, The Paris Review, among many others. The poetry committee co-chair of the Brooklyn Literary Council, she is a Bread Loaf Katharine Bakeless nonfiction fellow, a Cave Canem poetry fellow, and a 92Y Women inPower Fellow and holds an MFA in nonfiction from New York University, where she was an Axinn Fellow. Hafizah lives in Brooklyn, New York.


"The Black Period is an astonishing book: one that contends with racism and climate change, stands against erasure, and finds new meanings in taking a transhistorical approach, weaving a powerful tapestry of memoir, cultural criticism, research, reporting, and hope. Hafizah Augustus Geter has crafted a book of extraordinary ambition, at once bracing, beautiful, and necessary. I couldn't put it down."--Meghan O'Rourke, author of The Invisible Kingdom

"The Black Period overflows with stories, family histories, disarming images, and arresting truths, diving deep into our shared critical conversations about race, justice, history, and what we owe one another. Prepare to be absorbed."--Jess Row, author of White Flights

"With The Black Period, Hafizah Augustus Geter announces herself as a storyteller, truth seeker, and pathfinder. With equal parts heart and rigor, this is a work that interrogates as it both mourns and celebrates. Geter's life spans the continents of the earth, but also crosses the lands and oceans of human experience. She is a genuine artist, not bound by genre or form. Her only loyalty is to the harrowing beauty of the truth."--Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage

"The Black Period is an absolutely stunning literary experience. If our creases could croon and our aches could wail, The Black Period is what it might sound like. Hafizah Geter has written a classic."--Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy