Blackburn Festival - The Mackey Sessions: Workshop #1 On Music

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 10:00am

Workshop #1: On Music (led by Tsitsi Jaji)

The Department of English at Duke University is pleased to present Blackburn Festival: The Mackey Sessions, a multi-day multi-venue poetry festival centered around music and myth in the work of Nate Mackey.

Mackey Session: mu/ sic
N.’s canto hondo, a deep song splayed across the vast terrain mapped by the Angel of Dust, those Dogon Andoumboulou, and the latest longest limn/p of themu calls up our discrepant engagements with what we hear. Mackey’s own DJ sessions brought Californians the Tanganyika Strut, and though they can’t offer a matching swagger, Brent Hayes Edwards, Meta DuEwa Jones, and Tsitsi Jaji will enter the territory of Mackey’s music, and its reinventions of the lyric, the epic, the ensemble. Then, at a moment’s notice, we open this roving conversation to the floor. What may happen is up to us all, a one-time jam session where spoken, sung, and strick thoughts, are invited. As for paracritical hinges: a keyboard and mic will be available, and if yo speak in music, you may want to bring your own ax.

Registration Required to Attend Workshop (Deadline to register is 11:59 p.m. on September 20, 2018)

In partnership with the Vice Provost for the Arts, the Franklin Humanities Center, Department of Music, William Blackburn Fund, Department of African & African-American Studies @ Duke University (AAAS)Duke Divinity SchoolDuke University Department of Religious StudiesDuke Performances, Program in Literature at Duke University, and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Duke University will include special guest poets, workshops, readings, and a jazz-heavy theme at our farewell brunch. Please contact the English Department if you have any questions.

Blackburn Festival The Mackey Session Poster
The Mezzanine at The Durham Hotel
Event Contact: 
English Department
919-684-2741