Energy, irreverence, and imagination: Punk and literature collide for new professor G'Ra Asim(Student Life)

G’Ra Asim, a new assistant professor of English at Washington University teaching Creative Nonfiction, can often be found either in front of an undergraduate classroom or at center stage of a punk rock concert — both places he feels comfortable.

American Idiolect by G'Ra Asim (BOMB Magazine)

An annotation of Fefe Dobson’s “Stupid Little Love Song” excerpted from the essay collection Boyz N the Void: A Mixtape to My Brother.

In ‘Boyz n the Void,’ a ‘malcontent with an allergy to authority’ finds freedom(Washington Post)

In the opening chapter of “Boyz N the Void,” author G’Ra Asim recounts a years-ago confrontation with his AP Literature teacher, during his senior year of high school. The teacher....

Maximum Shelf: Boyz n the Void(Shelf Awareness)

Boyz n the Void: a mixtape to my brother is an entertainingly discursive ode to the power of punk by writer and punk musician G'Ra Asim. Addressed to Asim's younger brother....

Part memoir, part rebel yell of a love letter to
idiosyncratic young Black men(Kirkus Reviews)

Black millennial shares life lessons with his younger brother through the lens of punk rock.

A Memoir As Mixtape(Boston Globe)

G’Ra Asim sees in his little brother a shadow of his former self...

Awesome Playlist on Blackness, Punkness, and Writing
Yourself Out of the Void(Beacon Broadside)

When millennial writer and punk rocker G’Ra Asim noticed his teenaged brother, Gyasi, going through the same paces and challenges he went through at that age..

Audio Appearances

CNF Podcast Episode 256: G'Ra Asim and His Mixtape to His Brother, 'Boyz in the Void'

G'Ra Asim, author of Boyz in the Void: A Mixtape to My Brother (Beacon Press), stopped by CNF Pod HQ to talk about this incredible book, punk rock, and straight edge culture.

Creative Pursuits Podcast: Mixtape Miscellanea w/ writer G'Ra Asim

G’Ra Asim joins the pod to talk about his new book, Boyz n the Void. We also discuss identity, straightedge culture, the lost art of tracklist sequencing, Rob Gordon, and the aughts art hustle.

G’Ra Asim’s ‘Boyz N The Void’ Explores Being Black And Punk(NPR)

Author and punk musician G'Ra Asim discusses his new book and how he feels about moving back to St. Louis, the city he left as a 10-year-old.

Video Appearances

Left of Black | Boyz n the Void: a mixtape to my brother with G'Ra Asim(Duke Franklin Humanities Institute)

G'Ra Asim, assistant professor of creative writing at Washington University in St. Louis and a punk rocker, joins Dr. Neal to discuss his latest book, "Boyz n the Void: a mixtape to my brother," tackling traditional notions of Blackness, masculinity, and young adulthood. Published by Beacon Press.

G'Ra Asim (author of Boyz n the Void) at the FYE® Conference 2022

G'Ra Asim, author of BOYZ N THE VOID (Beacon), speaks about his book at the 2022 First-Year Experience® (FYE) Conference.

Boyz n the Void book launch with G'Ra Asim, Sasha Bonet, and Gyasi Asim (Silver Unicorn Books)

G'Ra Asim, author of Boyz in the Void: A Mixtape to My Brother, his brother Gyasi and his dear friend, writer, critic, and curator Sasha Bonet of the Parsons New School of Design.

G'Ra Asim with Jabari Asim - Boyz n the Void (Left Bank Books)

Left Bank Books welcomes writer, musician, and St. Louis native G'Ra Asim, who will discuss his new book, "Boyz n the Void: a mixtape to my brother," on Facebook Live. Asim will be in conversation with his father author and professor Jabari Asim.

G'Ra Asim + Carina Del Valle Schorske(Strand Books)

Join G'Ra Asim for the launch of his new book Boyz N the Void: A Mixtape to My Brother. Joining G'Ra in conversation is essayist, editor, poet, and translator Carina Del Valle Schorske.