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The Flyover Fest x Black Box

Performing Arts

Hanif Abdurraqib, photo: Andrew Cenci
Milo, photo: Andrew Doench
Jacoti Sommes, photo: Chris Casella
Kaveh Akbar, photo: Hieu Minh Nguyen

The Flyover Fest x Black Box

with Hanif Abdurraqib, Milo, Jacoti Sommes, and Kaveh Akbar

Sat, May 12, 2018 7:30 PM

A perfect example of the burgeoning Flyover Fest’s multimedia focus, this marquee event at the Wex unites literature, music, and verse in one captivating evening. The unique Black Box show features poet, essayist, and Columbus native Hanif Abdurraqib; erudite rapper Milo; acclaimed poet Kaveh Akbar; and local (yet interplanetary) musical explorer Jacoti Sommes.

Hanif Abdurraqib’s first collection of essays, They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us, was released in winter 2017 by Two Dollar Radio and named a book of the year by Buzzfeed, Esquire, NPR, Paste, Pitchfork, and Chicago Tribune, among others.

Milo is one of the many vehicles of Rory Ferreira. His latest album, sovereign nose of (y)our arrogant face, is a “middle finger flipped in the direction of any remaining doubters,” according to Pitchfork. Milo’s 2017 breakthrough, who told you to think??!!?!?!?!, likewise drew praise from Pitchfork, Stereogum, Rolling Stone, and Vulture, who credits the artist with “building an indie rap empire.”

With poems (and accolades) appearing in the New Yorker, New York Times, and elsewhere, the Pushcart Prize–winning Kaveh Akbar is the author of the recently released collection Calling a Wolf a Wolf and the chapbook Portrait of the Alcoholic. He’s also the founder of, devoted to interviews with contemporary poets.

When he’s not performing with the likes of Hugs and Kisses, producing records for local hip-hop acts, or partying on planet Mucoduco, Columbus-based musician Jacoti Sommes crafts wildly diverse, synth-heavy songs like those featured on his recent project Ubermensch.

Presented in conjunction with The Flyover Fest, a three-day arts festival featuring literature, film, music, panel discussions, and more May 10–12. Visit for a complete schedule.

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