Nathaniel Mackey: April 30, 2015

In Reading Alerts on April 10, 2015 at 11:41 am


Poetry and Music of the African Diaspora: An Evening with Nathaniel Mackey

Thursday, April 30, 7:00 pm
Memorial Library, Rm 126
UW-Madison Campus
(Enter from Library Mall)

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). Preeminent among contemporary 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), the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for lifetime achievement (2014), and most recently the prestigious Bollingen Prize for Poetry (2015), Mackey is a cosmic traveler of the interracial and transnational crossings of contemporary sound and sense.

Brown bag discussion with Nathaniel Mackey
Thursday, April 30, 12:00 pm
Helen C. White Hall, Rm 7191
UW-Madison Campus
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 (avitale@wisc.edu) for more information and to request readings. Feel free to bring your lunch.

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.

Renee Gladman: March 20, 2015

In Reading Alerts on March 4, 2015 at 12:56 pm


A Reading by Renee Gladman

Friday, March 20 @ 8:00PM

Rainbow Bookstore
426 W. Gilman
Madison, WI 53703

Renee Gladman’s writings and drawings explore language and narration as architectures of thinking. Her most recent publication is Ana Patova Crosses a Bridge (Dororthy Project, 2013), which is the third installment of the Ravicka novella series. A collection of essays, Calamities, and a short novel, Morelia, are forthcoming in 2015. She lives in Providence, RI, and is a 2014-2015 Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University.

Fred Moten: April 10, 2015

In Reading Alerts on February 16, 2015 at 9:11 pm

A Reading by Fred Moten

Friday, April 10 @ 7:00PM

Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L150

(Lower level of Art History building. See Center for Humanities’ helpful page on directions, parking & accessibility)
800 University Avenue
Madison WI 53706

Fred Moten is a poet and professor of English at the University of California, Riverside. He is the author of ArkansasPoems (with Jim Behrle), I ran from it but was still in itHughson’s TavernB JenkinsThe Feel Trio, and the critical works In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition and The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (with Stefano Harney).

Moten’s newest book, The Little Edges (Wesleyan University Press, 2015)is a collection of poems that extends the poet’s experiments in what he calls “shaped prose”—a way of arranging prose in rhythmic blocks, or sometimes shards, in the interest of audio-visual patterning. Shaped prose is a form that works the “little edges” of lyric and discourse, and radiates out into the space between them. As occasional pieces, many of the poems in the book are the result of a request or commission to comment upon a work of art, or to memorialize a particular moment or person. In Moten’s poems, the matter and energy of a singular event or person are transformed by their entrance into the social space that they, in turn, transform.

About The Feel Trio (Letter Machine Editions, 2014, Finalist for the National Book Award):

The Feel Trio is Cecil Taylor, Tony Oxley and William Parker. Or is it that The Feel Trio are Cecil Taylor, Tony Oxley and William Parker? See, that’s the amazing problem and chance, right there! In the wake and air and light of The Feel Trio, what it bears and what propels them, which is everything in particular, The Feel Trio tries to put some things together. Alabama runs through those things like nobody’s business. I kept trying to visit the uncounted space James Brown forms around the one. To celebrate the varieties of black devotion. But coalition can’t be too easy; it’s in our nature not to come naturally lyrically, beautifully violently. The organizing principles, in our extramusical tailor’s retrofit of fitting, sharp as a tack from the tone worlds of east by southeast of Sheffield, the Bronx’s compassionate project/s and fly, flaired, flared Corona: listen to everything, relax the shape, approach with love, be worthy of a lovely t! —Fred Moten

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