Literature Program

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Co-sponsored/co-presented by:
UB English Department, UB Poetics Program & Poetics Plus Reading Series

Nathaniel Mackey


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Poet Nathaniel Mackey was born in 1947 in Miami, Florida. He obtained his BA from Princeton University and his PhD from Stanford. He has taught and lived in Santa Cruz since 1979.

In the realm of experimental fiction, Mackey has published three volumes of an ongoing prose project entitled From A Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate: Atet A. D. (2001), Djbot Baghostus's Run (1993), and Bedouin Hornbook (1986).

"…Mackey's series of improvisatory jazz-inspired fictions locates a ground between invention and listening that he defines as the source of culture itself. All culture, for Mackey, is a form of listening to what 'we' are collectively improvising" (Barrett Watten).

Mackey's poetry combines African mythology, African-American musical traditions, and Modernist poetic experiment. His several ongoing serial projects explore the relationship of poetry and historical memory, as well as the ritual power of poetry and song. His books of poetry include Four for Trane (1978); Septet for the End of Time (1983); Eroding Witness (1985), selected for the National Poetry Series; Outlandish (1992); School of Udhra (1993); Song of the Andoumboulou: 18-20 (1994); Whatsaid Serif (1998); and, most recently, Splay Anthem, which was awarded the 2006 National Book Award in poetry.

Mackey will read from both his fiction and poetry. This reading is co-sponsored by UB's Poetics Program & Poetics Plus Reading Series.

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