CONTACT & BOOK
Hari is available for readings, workshops, lectures, etc. They are also happy to attend book club meetings or visit schools—either in person or via Skype.
“A rare mix of balladry, criticism, and reportage. Hari Ziyad writes of the times with clarity and courage. They appeal to truth and beauty.”
— Darnell L. Moore, author of No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America
MARCH 1st, 2021
Workshops and Topics
The Limitations of Representation – This presentation poses the questions: can visibility, based as it is in a notion of shared humanity, work for Black people if we aren’t seen as fully human? What if the many campaigns rooted in drawing power from, or even weaponizing visibility, such as the campaign for marriage equality, benefit those most closely associated with humanity under white society (white, male, cisgender and affluent)? What if they do little for Black queer communities still ravaged by more pressing concerns like HIV and homelessness epidemics, while also actually reinforcing the violence facing us? What if Black queer folks making ourselves “seen” to a hostile state provides yet another opportunity for our bodies to be further criminalized?
What Are You Abolishing?: Prison/Police Abolition in Action: This talk/workshop poses questions centered around the notion and practice of abolition. Why is prison and police abolition necessary? How do we enact abolition on a practical, every day level? What are alternatives for safety? In a world rifled with anti-Blackness, white-supremacy, and queer antagonism, the question "What are you abolishing?" is as much a call to arms as it is an inquiry.
Beyond Ally Politics – This workshop discusses the pitfalls of non-marginalized identities allying with marginalized groups and offers tools and techniques for avoiding them. Why do allies seem to always co-opt causes and take up space, and adopt the role to ignore that they are part of the problem? How do we move beyond allyship?
The Role of Pessimism in Black Liberation – Through Afro-pessimism and the theories guiding the framework, this talk/workshop analyzes how Black pessimistic/nihilistic politics have been dismissed as impractical for refusing to compromise and rejecting piecewise reform, as too theoretical because they propose a future that is unimaginable under the imperial project of whiteness, and as too demanding in that they call for a complete refusal of that project. By analyzing events such as the Baltimore, Ferguson, and Charlotte uprisings, I dispel myths and misunderstandings around what it means to "think negatively" and the hope required of knowing this world will never be enough so we must create new ones.
"Word to Everything..." A Workshop for Black CNF Writers in the Digital World – This series is an opportunity for Black writers to hone their skills in the genre of creative nonfiction, while also preparing them for the predominantly white publishing world. The series will touch on topics such as the Fundamentals of Pitching, Essay Writing in Digital Spaces 101, Managing Black Radical Politics in the Anti-Black Publishing World, How to Maintain the Integrity of your Experience While Never Neglecting your Creativity, and more. It is an opportunity for both emerging and seasoned Black writers to further develop their storytelling abilities through group discussion, writing exercises, and individual assignments.