Poet and novelist Nathaniel Mackey was born in 1947 in Miami, Florida. He received a B.A. from Princeton University and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. His books of poetry include Whatsaid Serif (City Lights Books, 1998); Song of the Andoumboulou: 18-20 (1994); School of Udhra (1993); Outlantish (1992); Eroding Witness (1985), which was selected for the National Poetry Series; Septet for the End of Time (1983); and Four for Trane (1978). His prose collections include Djbot Baghostus's Run (1993) and Bedouin Hornbook (1986). Mackey is also the author of Discrepant Engagement: Dissonance, Cross-Culturality, and Experimental Writing (1993). He is the editor of American Poetry: The Twentieth Century (2000, with Carolyn Kizer, John Hollander, Robert Hass, and Marjorie Perloff) and Moment's Notice: Jazz in Poetry and Prose (1993, with Art Lange). He also edits the magazine Hambone. Strick: Song of the Andoumboulou 16-25, a compact disc recording of poems read with musical accompaniment, was released in 1995. Nathaniel Mackey is Professor of Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz and is currently a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets.