The Felix Series of New Writing looks forward to hosting one of the most experimental and exploratory writers of poetry, music, and the African diaspora, the poet and professor Nathaniel Mackey.
Nathaniel Mackey, Reynolds Price Professor of English at Duke University, will read from recent installments of serial works in both poetry ("Mu"/Song of the Andoumboulou) and prose (From a Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate), and from his newest work Blue Fasa (forthcoming from New Directions Press). One of America's most eminent experimental writers, Mackey has favored serial (ongoing) forms as part of his engagement with musical structures, open form, and diasporic poetics. These works travel through familiar but strange landscapes, exploring American music and African folk traditions in the service of imagining how story and song create our lives. Winner of the National Book Award for Poetry (2006), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2010), and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for Lifetime Achievement (2014), Mackey reveals the interracial and international intersections of contemporary sound and sense.
Poetry and Music of the African Diaspora: an Evening with Nathaniel Mackey
Thursday, April 30, at 7:00 pm
Memorial Library, Rm 126
Brown bag discussion with Nathaniel Mackey
Helen C. White Hall, Rm 7191
Thursday, April 30, 12:00 pm
The Felix Series of New Writing invites all interested students and faculty to an informal discussion on poetics, race, and music with visiting poet and scholar Nathaniel Mackey. Contact Anna Vitale (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information and to request readings, or visit our website:
These events are made possible with generous support from the English Department, Afro-American Studies, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, Latin-American, Caribbean,
and Iberian Studies, the Anonymous Fund, and the Lectures Committee General Fund.