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Nathaniel Mackey Reading

Nathaniel Mackey reads three poems from Nod House (forthcoming Fall 2011) -- Sound and Subsequence, Day after Day of the Dead, Lullaby in Lagos, and Ghost of a Trance. He also reads two poems from a new untitled manuscript -- A Night in Jaipur and Stick City Bjajan.

Nathaniel Mackey was born in Miami, Florida, in 1947, but grew up in California. He is the author of Splay Anthem (New Directions, 2006), for which he won a National Book Award, and an ongoing prose work, From a Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate, whose fourth and most recent volume is Bass Cathedral (New Directions, 2008) and whose first three volumes have been published together by New Directions (2010).



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Conversations and readings with poets and artists, produced in cooperation with PennSound and hosted by Charles Bernstein, the American poet, theorist, editor, and literary scholar. Bernstein was born in New York City in 1950. He is a foundational member and leading practitioner of Language poetry. Bernstein was educated at the Bronx High School of Science and at Harvard University, where he studied philosophy with Stanley Cavell and wrote his final thesis on Gertrude Stein and Ludwig Wittgenstein.

In the mid-1970s Bernstein became active in the experimental poetry scenes in New York and San Francisco, not only as a poet, but also as an editor, publisher, and theorist. With visual artist and wife Susan Bee, Bernstein published several now well-known poets whose work is associated with Language writing.