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Nathaniel MackeyNathaniel Mackey  
Reynolds Price Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing

Office Location: 307 Allen Building, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: (919) 684-1718
Email Address: nathaniel.mackey@duke.edu

Teaching (Fall, 2021):

  • English 220s.01, Intro to the writing of poetry Synopsis
    Allen 317, W 03:30 PM-06:00 PM

Office Hours:

Fall 2021 Office Hours:

Wednesday 1:30pm-3:00pm and by appointment


Ph.D., Stanford University

A.B., Princeton University

B.A., Princeton University

American Literature
Creative Writing
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, the most recent of which are Blue Fasa (New Directions, 2015), Bass Cathedral (New Directions, 2008), and Paracritical Hinge: Essays, Talks, Notes, Interviews (University of Wisconsin Press, 2005), respectively. 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 editor of the literary magazine Hambone and coeditor, with Art Lange, of the anthology Moment's Notice: Jazz in Poetry and Prose (Coffee House Press, 1993). His awards and honors include the selection of his first book of poetry, Eroding Witness, for publication in the National Poetry Series in 1985; a Whiting Writer’s Award in 1993; election to the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets in 2001; the National Book Award in poetry for his fourth book of poetry, Splay Anthem, in 2006; an Artist’s Grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in 2007; the Roy Harvey Pearce/Archive for New Poetry Prize in 2007; the Stephen Henderson Award from the African American Literature and Culture Society in 2008; a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2010; the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize from the Poetry Foundation in 2014; and Yale University’s Bollingen Prize for American Poetry in 2015.

Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Mackey, N. Splay Anthem. New Directions, 2006.
  2.  From A Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate: Volumes 1-3. New Directions, 2010.
  3. Mackey, N. Discrepant Engagement Dissonance, Cross-Culturality and Experimental Writing. Cambridge University Press, September, 1993. 313 pages pp.  [abs]
  4. "‘The Song Sung in a Strange Land’: An Interview with Nathaniel Mackey." The Iowa Review 44.3 (Winter, 2014/15): 172-192.
  5. "An Interview with Nathaniel Mackey." Contemporary Literature 53.2 (Summer, 2012): 207-236.

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