Book ‘The Black Period’ by Hafizah Augustus Geter

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On Personhood, Race, and Origin

An acclaimed poet reclaims her origin story as the queer daughter of a Muslim Nigerian immigrant and a Black American visual artist in this groundbreaking memoir, combining lyrical prose, biting criticism, and haunting visuals. “Hafizah Augustus Geter is a genuine artist, not bound by genre or form. Her only loyalty is the harrowing beauty of the truth.” — Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage. “I say, ‘the Black Period,’ and mean ‘home’ in all its shapeshifting ways.” In The Black Period, Hafizah creates a space for the beauty of Blackness, Islam, disability, and queerness to flourish, celebrating the many layers of her existence that America has time and again sought to erase. At nineteen, she lost her mother to a sudden stroke. Weeks later, her father became so heartsick that he needed a triple bypass. By her thirties, she was constantly in pain, pinballing between physical therapy appointments…

Publisher: Random House (September 20, 2022); Pages: 432 pages; ISBN-10: 0593448642; ISBN-13: 978-0593448649; ASIN:‎ B09NX8N69P

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Author’s biography: Hafizah Augustus Geter is a Nigerian American poet and writer born in Zaria, Nigeria, and raised in Akron, Ohio, and Columbia, South Carolina. She is the author of the memoir, THE BLACK PERIOD: ON PERSONHOOD, RACE & ORIGIN, forthcoming from Random House, September 20, 2022, and the poetry collection UN-AMERICAN from Wesleyan University Press, nominated for a 2021 NAACP Image award, a finalist for the 2021 PEN Open Book Award, and longlisted for the 2021 Brooklyn Library Literary Prize. Her writing has appeared in, The New Yorker, BOMB Magazine, The Believer, and Paris Review, among others. Hafizah holds a BA in English and economics from Clemson University; an MFA in poetry from Columbia College Chicago; and an MFA in nonfiction from New York University where she was an Axinn Fellow in Creative Narrative Nonfiction. She is a literary agent at Janklow & Nesbit.


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