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Nathaniel Mackey

Poet, novelist, and critic Nathaniel Mackey is Duke University’s Reynolds Price Professor of Creative Writing. He joined Duke’s faculty in 2010, after his work as a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Nathaniel Mackey works in the areas of modern and postmodern literature in the U.S. and the Caribbean, creative writing, poetry and poetics, and the intersection of literature and music. He is the author of several books of poetry, fiction and criticism: Blue Fasa (2015), Bass Cathedral (2008), and Paracritical Hinge: Essays, Talks, Notes, Interviews (2005). Strick: Song of the Andoumboulou 16-25, a compact disc recording of poems read with musical accompaniment was released in 1995. He is editor of the literary magazine Hambone and coeditor, with Art Lange, of the anthology Moment's Notice: Jazz in Poetry and Prose (1993). 

Mackey’s poetry has gathered considerable acclaim, most recently earning him two prestigious awards—the 2014 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize from the Poetry Foundation and the 2015 Bollingen Prize for American Poetry, where he joined a list of twentieth-century poetic luminaries including Ezra Pound, Robert Frost, and W.S. Merwin. Learn more about Mackey's teaching and writing in this multimedia story in Duke Today.