The Black Period: 

On Personhood, Race & Origin

on sale September 20, 2022




"With The Black Period, Hafizah Augustus Geter announces herself as a storyteller, truth seeker, and path finder. With equal parts heart and rigor, this is a work that interrogates as it both mourns and celebrates. Geter's life spans the continents of the earth, but also crosses the lands and oceans of human experience. She is a genuine artist, not bound by genre or form. Her only loyalty is the harrowing beauty of the truth." 

Tayari jones, An American Marriage 

"The Black Period: On Personhood, Race & Origin is an absolutely stunning literary experience. If our creases could croon and our aches could wail, The Black Period is what it might sound like. Hafizah Augustus Geter has written a classic." 

kIESE LAYMON, Heavy: An American Memoir



A stunningly original and lyrical memoir from an acclaimed poet that crosses continents, grapples with white supremacy, and explores how the origin stories we inherit can be remade.

“I say, ‘the Black Period,’ and mean ‘home’ in all its shapeshifting ways.”


Hafizah Augustus Geter disrupts the myths of America’s origins and contemporary America through her experiences as the queer Nigerian-born daughter of a Muslim Nigerian woman and a Black American man from a Southern Baptist family in Jim Crow Alabama. A unique combination of gripping memoir and Afrofuturist thought, readers accompany Hafizah on a journey that tells her at every turn she’s not worthy. At the same time, she manages to sidestep shame, confront disability, embrace forgiveness, and emerge from the erasures America imposes to exist proudly and unabashedly as herself. Penetrative and heartening, The Black Period captures a world brimming with potential, art, music, hope, and love despite the lasting effects of white supremacy.
Combining lyrical prose with biting criticism, Hafizah expertly weaves between the micro and macro, from her own experience as the daughter of a Black American visual artist, and a childhood populated with Southern and Nigerian relatives, to her days in a small Catholic school, to a loving but tragically short relationship with her mother, to the feelings of joy and community which the 


Black Lives Matter movement engendered in her as an adult. All throughout, Hafizah addresses the larger systems of inequity that make it difficult for non-able-bodied persons, queer people, and communities of color to move through the world. The Black Period elegantly maps the untidy work of revision to write a new origin story.