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Nathaniel Mackey

March 20 - 21

Bio

Nathaniel Mackey is a poet, writer, editor and critic whose work is widely known for incorporating jazz, ritual, and African mythology, both as content and form. Mackey often works with the long series, with his largest and still ongoing series being the poetry series "Mu" and "Song of the Andoumboulou," published across many volumes, including National Book Award-winning Splay Anthem (2006), Nod House (2011), and Blue Fasa (2015). Mackey also writes an ongoing fiction series entitled From a Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate, published in his books Bedouin Hornbook (1986), Djbot Baghostus's Run (1993), Atet A.D. (2001), Bass Cathedral (2008), and the forthcoming Late Arcade, out in February 2017. He has also published two widely acclaimed books of literary theory, Discrepant Engagement: Dissonance, Cross-Culturality, and Experimental Writing (1993), and Paracritical Hinge: Essays, Talks, Notes, Interviews (2005), and is the long-time editor of avant-garde literary journal Hambone. In 2010, Mackey received a Guggenheim Fellowship. Mackey was raised in California, and earned his BA from Princeton and his PhD from Stanford University. For many years he was a professor of literature and creative writing at UC Santa Cruz, and is currently a professor of creative writing at Duke University.