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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., March 28, 2017—Poet Nathaniel Mackey and writer John R. Keene will read excerpts from their poetry and prose fiction at Williams College on Tuesday, April 11, at 6 p.m. in Weston Hall Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.
Nathaniel Mackey is the author of six books of poetry, the most recent of which is Blue Fasa (New Directions, 2015); an ongoing prose work, From a Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate, whose fifth and most recent volume is Late Arcade (New Directions, 2017); and two books of criticism, the most recent of which is Paracritical Hinge: Essays, Talks, Notes, Interviews (University of Wisconsin Press, 2005). Strick: Song of the Andoumboulou 16-25, a compact disc recording of poems read with musical accompaniment (Royal Hartigan, percussion; Hafez Modirzadeh, reeds and flutes), was released in 1995 by Spoken Engine Company. He is the editor of the literary magazine Hambone, coeditor, with Art Lange, of the anthology Moment’s Notice: Jazz in Poetry and Prose (Coffee House Press, 1993) and coeditor, with Michael Bough, Kent Johnson and others, of the anthology Resist Much / Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance (Dispatches Editions/Spuyten Duyvil, 2017). His awards and honors include the National Book Award for poetry, the Stephen Henderson Award from the African American Literature and Culture Society, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize from the Poetry Foundation and the Bollingen Prize for American Poetry. He is the Reynolds Price Professor of English at Duke University.
Keene is a published poet, fiction writer, essayist, critic, and translator. His most recent books include the short fiction collection Counternarratives (New Directions, 2015), which received a 2016 American Book Award, a 2016 Lannan Literary Award for Fiction, and, in March 2017, the UK’s inaugural Republic of Consciousness Prize; the art book GRIND (ITI Press, 2016), an art-text collaboration with photographer Nicholas Muellner; and the poetry chapbook Playland (Seven Kitchens Press, 2016). He is also the translator of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst’s novel Letters from a Seducer (Nightboat Books/A Bolha Editora, 2014), and other works of fiction and poetry. A longtime member of the Dark Room Writers Collective of Cambridge and Boston, a graduate fellow of Cave Canem, and a board member of the African Poetry Book Fund, he is chair of African American and African Studies, and teaches in Af-Am and English, as well as the M.F.A. program, at Rutgers University-Newark.
The English department is sponsoring this event.
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