Nathaniel E Mackey

Reynolds Price Professor of Creative Writing

307 Allen Building
Campus Box: 
(919) 684-1718
Office Hours: 
Spring 2016Monday 12:30pm-2:00pm, Thursday 1:15pm-3:15pm

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, most recently Nod House (New Directions, 2011), 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).


  • Ph.D. 1975, Stanford University
  • A.B. 1969, Princeton University
  • B.A. 1969, Princeton University

Mackey, N. "The Atmosphere Is Alive: An Interview with Nathaniel Mackey." A Community Writing Itself: Conversations with Vanguard Writers of the Bay Area. Ed. S Rosenthal. Dalkey Archive Press, 2010. 137-166.

Mackey, N. "Quantum Ghosts: An Interview with Wilson Harris." Discrepant Abstraction. Ed. K Mercer. Institute of International Visual Arts/MIT Press, 2006. 206-221.

Mackey, N. "Untitled-Work." POETRY 204.3 (June 2014): 244-245.

Mackey, N. "Untitled-Work." POETRY 204.3 (June 2014): 254-254.

Mackey, N. "Untitled-Work." POETRY 204.3 (June 2014): 250-251.

Mackey, N. "Untitled-Work." POETRY 204.3 (June 2014): 252-253.

Mackey, N. "Song of the Andoumboulou: 136." POETRY 204.3 (June 2014): 234-236.

Mackey, N. "Song of the Andoumboulou: 138." POETRY 204.3 (June 2014): 247-249.

Mackey, N. "Untitled-Work." POETRY 204.3 (June 2014): 259-259.

Mackey, N. "Untitled-Work." POETRY 204.3 (June 2014): 255-255.

Mackey, N. "As If It Were "This Is Our Music"." POETRY 204.3 (June 2014): 256-257.

Mackey, N. "Untitled-Work." POETRY 204.3 (June 2014): 260-260.