44th Annual Phoenix Literary Festival to Feature Poet Nathaniel Mackey

HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 6, 2014 – High Point University’s Department of English will host American poet and novelist Nathaniel Mackey for its 44th annual Phoenix Literary Festival event at 7 p.m. on Nov. 20 in the Greek Village Conference Center. It is free and open to the public; tickets are not required.

Mackey will hold a book signing and give a reading from his poetry, which is strongly influenced by jazz. As a tribute to High Point’s jazz heritage, members of the HPU faculty Jazz Ensemble will also be playing at this year’s annual Phoenix Festival.

Additionally, creative writers from HPU, as well as area high school students who submitted and won prizes for their work, will have the opportunity to attend a workshop directed by Mackey. Each student who attends has the opportunity to submit poetry and works of fiction and nonfiction to the event judges, as well as read aloud from their submissions.

“I expect the student readings to be very lively and energetic, as well as the workshop,” says Georgeanna Sellers, assistant professor of English at HPU. “Mackey has won many prestigious awards, and it is a great honor to have him at HPU.”

Mackey, an American poet, novelist, literary critic, editor and jazz aficionado, is currently the Reynolds Price Professor of English at Duke. Mackey is also a National Book Award winner for poetry, Chancellor of the Academy of American Poetry for six years, and a winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship, among other honors.

The Phoenix Reading Series & Festival brings a diverse array of writers and thinkers to the HPU campus each year. It is sponsored in part by an HPU Cultural Enrichment Grant. This year’s series is produced in conjunction with the HPU Year of the Arts.

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