Mary Mackey features

Monday  18 December  2017  7:00 PM
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always free, always open mic.

Mary Mackey reads. 

Mary Mackey is a bestselling author who has written fourteen novels some of which have appeared on the New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller Lists. She is also the author of seven volumes of poetry including Sugar Zone winner of the 2012 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence. Mackey’s novels have been translated into twelve languages including Japanese, Russian, Hebrew, Greek, and Finnish. Her poems have been praised by Wendell Berry, Jane Hirshfield, Marge Piercy, and Dennis Nurkse for their beauty, precision, originality, and extraordinary range. Garrison Keillor has featured her poetry four times on The Writer’s Almanac. Also a screenwriter, she has sold feature-length scripts to Warner Brothers as well as to independent film companies. Mackey sometimes writes comedy under her pen name “Kate Clemens.” She has a B.A. from Harvard College and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from The University of Michigan and is related through her father’s family to Mark Twain. At present, she lives in northern California with her husband Angus Wright. ” Lowenstein Associates recently published her novel The Village of Bones, a prequel to her bestselling Earthsong Series.

 

Kin

 

We were related to everybody in Crittenden County

literally everybody

judges and lawyers and county clerks

and barbers and druggists and soda jerks

and moonshiners and farmers and ferry boat captains

and the rich people in the big white houses

and the poor people down by the slough

 

Total strangers would come up

as soon as they saw you on the street

throw their arms around you and say

my great grandma is buried next to your great grandma

or I'm your cousin 17 times removed on your third uncle’s side

 

or

my   my   my   you look just like your daddy

has he ever got out of prison?

 

 

                  Mary Mackey

 

                  from The Jaguars That Prowl Our Dreams (coming in 2018 from Marsh Hawk Press)

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