Nathaniel Mackey

Office Hours: 

Wednesdays 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. and by appointment.

Nathaniel Mackey

Reynolds Price Professor of Creative Writing

External Address: 
307 Allen Building, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90015, Durham, NC 27708

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

Mackey, N. Late Arcade. New Directions Publishing, February 28, 2017. (Edited Book)

Mackey, N. Splay Anthem. New Directions, 2006.

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. "From Bass Cathedral." Diasporic Avant-Gardes: Experimental Poetics and Cultural Displacement. January 1, 2009. 243-251. Full Text

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. "Song of the Andoumboulou: 154." Callaloo 39.1 (2016): 19-23. Full Text

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.

Mackey, N. "Untitled-Work." POETRY 204.3 (June 2014): 237-237.