MACKEY, NATHANIEL, 1947-
Nathaniel Mackey papers, 1947-2011

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322

404-727-6887

rose.library@emory.edu

Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/g2b9w

Collection Stored Off-Site

All or portions of this collection are housed off-site. Materials can still be requested but researchers should expect a delay of up to two business days for retrieval.


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Mackey, Nathaniel, 1947-
Title: Nathaniel Mackey papers, 1947-2011
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 1297
Extent: 48 linear feet (98 boxes), 11 oversized papers (OP), 1 oversized bound volumes (OBV)and 195.4 MB of born digital material (1,114 files).
Abstract:Papers of African American poet and scholar, Nathaniel Mackey, including correspondence; publication records for his journal, Hambone; printed material; manuscripts and drafts of his writing; subject files; recordings of his work as a disc jockey; and born digital material.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Printed or manuscript music in this collection that is still under copyright protection and is not in the Public Domain may not be photocopied or photographed. Researchers must provide written authorization from the copyright holder to request copies of these materials.

Special restrictions apply: Use copies have not been made for audiovisual material in this collection. Researchers must contact the Rose Library in advance for access to this material.

Access to processed born digital materials is only available in the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (the Rose Library).

Collection stored off-site. Researchers must contact the Rose Library in advance to access this collection.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Researchers are not permitted to copy or download any digital files from the Rose Library computer workstations.

Source

purchase, 2014.

Citation

[after identification of item(s)], Nathaniel Mackey papers, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Processing

Born digital materials processed by Dorothy Waugh, March 2015. The born digital materials currently available to researchers were transferred from Nathaniel Mackey's laptop computer. Files were scanned for viruses using McAfee's anti-virus software. Text-based files were migrated to PDF and image files to JPEG to create access copies. Files have been screened for private information. Files have been organized to replicate the file structure as found on Nathaniel Mackey's laptop computer; directory names have not been changed. Inventories of the files taken from Nathaniel Mackey's laptop computer are also available to researchers at dedicated laptops in the Rose Library's reading room. Inventories list each file in the specified directory, with the date at which each file was last modified and the size of each file in its original format.

Processed by Laura Starratt and W. Michael Camp, April 2016.


Collection Description

Biographical Note

Nathaniel Mackey (1947-), a poet, professor, and radio host, was born in Miami, Florida, to Sadie Jane Wilcox and Alexander Obadiah Mackey. He was the youngest of three siblings. Mackey graduated from high school in Santa Ana, California, and attended Princeton University, earning a bachelor's degree in English in 1969. While an undergraduate, he worked at Princeton's radio station, WPRB. He moved back to California after graduation and taught mathematics to eighth graders in Pasadena, later entering Stanford University where he earned a Ph.D. in English and American Literature in 1975. There, he broadcast world music at Stanford's KTAO, and in 1979, began working as a DJ at KUSP, a noncommercial station in Santa Cruz.

Mackey has held a number of professorial positions at institutions including the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the University of Southern California, and the University of California, Santa Cruz. As of 2014, he is the Reynolds Price Professor of Creative Writing at Duke University (Durham, North Carolina). Mackey won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2006 and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize in 2014. Mackey is also the editor and publisher of Hambone, a small literary magazine of innovative poetry and prose. The magazine was first published under a different name in the spring of 1974 by the Committee on Black Performing Arts at Stanford University, of which Mackey was a member. Only one issue was produced as part of the initial iteration, and in 1982, Mackey revived the magazine as Hambone with a significantly different focus, broadening the scope to include contributors of various racial and ethnic backgrounds.

His books of poetry include Four for Trane (1978); Septet for the End of Time (1983); Eroding Witness (1985), which was selected for the National Poetry Series; Outlandish (1992); School of Udhra (1993); Song of the Andoumboulou: 18-20 (1994); What Said Serif (1998); Splay Anthem (2006), which won the 2006 National Book Award in Poetry; and Nod House (2011). He has also published prose volumes including an ongoing work, From A Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate with four volumes: Bedouin Hornbook (1986), Djbot Baghostus’s Run (1993), Atet A. D. (2001), and Bass Cathedral (2008). Mackey is also the author of critical work such as Discrepant Engagement: Dissonance, Cross-Culturality, and Experimental Writing (1993) and is the editor of American Poetry: The Twentieth Century (2000), Moment’s Notice: Jazz in Poetry and Prose (1993), and a special issue of Callaloo on the Caribbean novelist Wilson Harris.

Mackey married Pascale Gaitet in 1991; he has a son, Joe, and a daughter, Naima.

Nathaniel Mackey (1947-), a poet, professor, and radio host, was born in Miami, Florida, to Sadie Jane Wilcox and Alexander Obadiah Mackey. He was the youngest of three siblings. Mackey graduated from high school in Santa Ana, California, and attended Princeton University, earning a bachelor's degree in English in 1969. While an undergraduate, he worked at Princeton's radio station, WPRB. He moved back to California after graduation and taught mathematics to eighth graders in Pasadena, later entering Stanford University where he earned a Ph.D. in English and American Literature in 1975. There, he broadcast world music at Stanford's KTAO, and in 1979, began working as a DJ at KUSP, a noncommercial station in Santa Cruz.

Mackey has held a number of professorial positions at institutions including the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the University of Southern California, and the University of California, Santa Cruz. As of 2014, he is the Reynolds Price Professor of Creative Writing at Duke University (Durham, North Carolina). Mackey won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2006 and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize in 2014. Mackey is also the editor and publisher of Hambone, a small literary magazine of innovative poetry and prose. The magazine was first published under a different name in the spring of 1974 by the Committee on Black Performing Arts at Stanford University, of which Mackey was a member. Only one issue was produced as part of the initial iteration, and in 1982, Mackey revived the magazine as Hambone with a significantly different focus, broadening the scope to include contributors of various racial and ethnic backgrounds.

His books of poetry include Four for Trane (1978); Septet for the End of Time (1983); Eroding Witness (1985), which was selected for the National Poetry Series; Outlandish (1992); School of Udhra (1993); Song of the Andoumboulou: 18-20 (1994); What Said Serif (1998); Splay Anthem (2006), which won the 2006 National Book Award in Poetry; and Nod House (2011). He has also published prose volumes including an ongoing work, From A Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate with four volumes: Bedouin Hornbook (1986), Djbot Baghostus’s Run (1993), Atet A. D. (2001), and Bass Cathedral (2008). Mackey is also the author of critical work such as Discrepant Engagement: Dissonance, Cross-Culturality, and Experimental Writing (1993) and is the editor of American Poetry: The Twentieth Century (2000), Moment’s Notice: Jazz in Poetry and Prose (1993), and a special issue of Callaloo on the Caribbean novelist Wilson Harris.

Mackey married Pascale Gaitet in 1991; he has a son, Joe, and a daughter, Naima.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the papers of African American poet Nathaniel Mackey from 1947-2011. The papers include correspondence, writings and other creative works by both Mackey and others, printed material, subject files, recordings from his work as a disc jockey, and born digital materials. Correspondence includes requests for lectures and speaking engagements, recommendations for academic positions, and letters from former students as well as letters of a personal nature. There are a number of letters regarding Mackey's work as a poet and publisher. Writings and other creative works contains literary criticism, notebooks and notepads, poetry, and writings by others. Literary criticism consists of Mackey's critical commentary on other poets and writers while his notebooks and notepads consist of handwritten notes on a variety of topics, including poem drafts, meeting notes, and personal notes. There are also handwritten drafts, typescript drafts, and page proofs of Mackey's poetry, as well as recordings of Mackey and others delivering various lectures, readings, and conferences.

Publication records for Hambone, a poetry and short story journal, include business records, submitted manuscripts and related correspondence, and typescript drafts and page proofs of the journal. There are correspondence and invoices as well as information on grants awarded by the California Arts Council to pay for printing. Included with submitted manuscripts and related correspondence are digital copies of poetry and short stories submitted to Mackey for consideration for publication in Hambone. The typescript drafts and page proofs consist of layouts of Hambone issues in various stages of preparation, often with annotations and corrections. Subject files consist of professional work, especially articles and writings by and about literary contemporaries of Mackey, including writers, historians, musicians, and anthropologists. His work on the Wilson Harris edition of Callaloo is also documented in these files. General topics include his application for tenure at the University of Southern California, syllabi for literature classes, and his Whiting Foundation award. Of note are several drawings and pages of sheet music as well as a number of worksheets entitled "Exercises for Ear."

Printed material consists of clippings, serials, promotional materials, conference proceedings and meeting records, published writings by others, and photocopies of book reviews. Promotional materials contain flyers, posters, handbills, and event schedules as well as conference proceedings which include event schedules and biographical materials about attendees. There are also meeting packets for Mackey's work with the Academy of American Poets as a board member. Printed material also contains reviews of Mackey's work and style as well as published writings by others that detail his life and achievements in poetry. Also included are recordings of Nathaniel Mackey's work at the radio station KSUP in Santa Cruz, primarily his radio show, Tanganyika Strut, a weekly program that showcased jazz and world music.

Arrangement Note

Organized into seven series: (1) Correspondence, (2) Writings and other creative works, (3) Printed material, (4) Subject files, (5) Publication records for Hambone, (6) KSUP recordings, and (7) Born digital materials.


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