Poetry and Music of the African Diaspora: An Evening with Nathaniel Mackey
Thursday, April 30, 7:00 pm
Memorial Library, Rm 126
(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.
Helen C. White Hall, Rm 7191
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.