Dated Emcees: City Lights Book Release

Celebrating the release of Chinaka Hodge’s Dated Emcees, published by City Lights Books (Sister Spit Imprint). With Tongo Eisen-Martin & RyanNicole.

Chinaka Hodge came of age along with hip-hop—and its influence on her suitors became inextricable from their personal interactions. Form blends with content in Dated Emcees as she examines her love life through the lens of hip-hop’s best known orators, characters, archetypes and songs, creating a new and inventive narrative about the music that shaped the craggy heart of a young woman poet, just as it also changed the global landscape of pop.

Praise for Dated Emcees:

“This is poetry that, in its infinite power and intimate grace, will still turn in your mind long after the music is over.”—Jeff Chang, author of Who We Be: A Cultural History of Race in Post-Civil Rights America

“This is an absolute powerhouse of a book, and a new pinnacle for Chinaka Hodge . . . She deserves a wide audience, an attentive audience, an audience that wants to be astounded.”—Dave Eggers, author of The Circle

“Chinaka Hodge is hands down, unequivocally, my favorite writer of words. All day. Every day. She writes with the grace of a dancer, the bars of a rapper, the heart of your best friend, and all of the swag and soul of Oakland . . . These are poems to read every day. To make mantras from. They are the best poems you’ve ever read.”—Daveed Diggs, Tony-Award winning star of Hamilton