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Oct. 9, 2003

Photos (from top): Novelist and poet Nathaniel Mackey; cover of Mackey's book "Ated A.D."; fiction writer, poet and memoirist Jim Harrison

UI Writers' Workshop Hosts Readings By Mackey, Harrison Oct. 16-17

Novelist and poet Nathaniel Mackey and fiction writer, poet and memoirist Jim Harrison will present free readings as guests of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. Mackey will read at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, and Harrison will read at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, both in Lecture Room II of Van Allen Hall.

A chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Mackey is co-editor of the Library of America's anthology of 20th-century poetry and the acclaimed anthology "Moment's Notice: Jazz in Poetry and Prose," and literary editor of the journal Hambone. He is a professor at the University of California at Santa Cruz, and a well-known figure in experimental writing circles.

He has published three volumes of an on-going epistolary project, collectively known as "From a Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate." The most recent volume, "Ated A.D.," was preceded by "Bedouin Hornbook" and "Djbot Baghostus's Run."

His poetry includes the books "Eroding Witness," "Whatsaid Serif" and "School of Udhra," as well as several chapbooks.

As a scholar of contemporary poetics, he has written the critical work "Discrepant Engagement: Dissonance, Cross-culturality, and Experimental Writing."

Jim Harrison was described in a Denver Post feature as "on the short list of American literary masters."

He has been described as "a stylist, often compared to Hemingway, with an appetite for nonconformity, a reverence for nature, and a passion for food, wine, travel, fishing and hunting."

Jonathan Yardley wrote in the Washington Post, "Stubbornly, and to my view admirably, Harrison has gone on his own way writing not to suit the bookish or commercial markets but to explore his own themes and visions."

Harrison's literary output has included "Off to the Side: A Memoir," "Just Before Dark," "A Good Day to Die," "The Road Home," "Dalva," "The Raw and the Cooked: Adventures of a Roving Gourmand" and "Legends of the Fall."

Several of his novels and stories have been adapted for the screen, including "Legends of the Fall," starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins and Aidan Quinn; "Carried Away," starring Denis Hopper and Amy Irving; "Wolf," starring Jack Nicholson and Michele Pfeiffer; and "Revenge," starring Kevin Costner and Anthony Quinn.

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