The inaugural Edwin G. Wilson Distinguished Artist in the Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series will be poet and prose artist Nathaniel Mackey, who will perform work from his forthcoming collection Double Trio with musical accompaniment from the Our True Day Begun Soon Come Qu’ahttet. The quartet includes Dorian Lee Parreott II on baritone saxophone, cornet and euphonium; Jason Lentz on oud; Sandy Blocker on balafon and percussion; and Vattel Cherry on bass.
The performance will be held in Brendle Recital Hall at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 29, 2019. This event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.
Mackey is the author of six books of poetry, the most recent of which is Blue Fasa (New Directions, 2015); an ongoing prose work, From a Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate, whose fifth and most recent volume is Late Arcade (New Directions, 2017); and two books of criticism, the most recent of which is Paracritical Hinge: Essays, Talks, Notes, Interviews (University of Iowa Press, 2018). He is the 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). 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, the Bollingen Prize for American Poetry from the Beinecke Library at Yale University, and the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Poetry Prize from the Library of Congress. He is the Reynolds Price Professor of Creative Writing at Duke University.
The Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series, named after the founder of Wake Forest University Press, brings to campus established and emerging fiction writers, poets, and writers of creative nonfiction each year to give literary readings and visit creative-writing workshops in the Creative Writing Minor and other courses at Wake Forest. The literary readings are followed by a book signing and reception.