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Legacy Conversations: C. S. Giscombe and Nathaniel Mackey

March 7 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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Legacy Conversations features pre-eminent poets and scholars in dialogue about historical, aesthetic, political, and personal influences on craft and thought. In this edition, poets C. S. Giscombe, known for his meditations across geography and time, and Nathaniel Mackey, noted for his experiments with language and music, are led in conversation by Cave Canem fellow Jari BradleyA featured event at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs 2021 Conference. A recording of the event will be made public following the presentation.


C. S. Giscombe is the author of several collections of poetry, including Prairie StyleGiscome Road, and Here. He also written prose in such works as Into and Out of DislocationBorder Towns, and Ohio Railroads, a poem in essay form. Gicombe is the recipient of the Stephen Henderson Award, the American Book Award, and the Carl Sandburg Prize. He has two poetry texts forthcoming in 2021: Similarly, a volume of new and selected works, and Train Music, a collaboration with the painter Judith Margolis. Giscombe teaches at the University of California, Berkeley and is a long-distance cyclist.

Nathaniel Mackey is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Blue Fasa. His honors include the National Book Award for poetry, the Stephen Henderson Award from the African American Literature and Culture Society, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize from the Poetry Foundation, and the Bollingen Prize for American Poetry from the Beinecke Library at Yale University. Double Trio, a boxed set of three new books of poetry, is forthcoming from New Directions in 2021. Mackey is the Reynolds Price Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at Duke University.

Jari Bradley (they/them) is a Black genderqueer poet and scholar from San Francisco, California. They have received fellowships and support from Callaloo, Cave Canem, Tin House, The Pittsburgh Foundation, and The Heinz Endowments. Jari’s work has been published in The Adroit Journal, Blood Orange Review, The Offing, Academy of American Poets (Poem-A-Day), Callaloo, Columbia Journal, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. Bradley received an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh and is the 2020–2021 First Wave Poetry Fellow at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.


March 7
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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