Friday, March 04, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- Moten, a poet and scholar whose 2014 collection “The Feel Trio” was a finalist for the National Book Award, is driving up from Los Angeles, where he’s professor of English at UC Riverside, to read with one of his heroes, National Book Award winner Nathaniel Mackey (“Splay Anthem”). Mackey will be joined by reed player Hafez Modirzadeh, a two-time National Endowment for the Arts jazz fellow and professor of world cultures in music at San Francisco State University. It promises to be a special event. Despite meeting while Moten was in grad school at UC Berkeley and becoming friends while working together for a few years at Duke University, Moten and Mackey have never before shared a feature, and Mackey, a longtime Bay Area resident, hasn’t read here since moving to North Carolina in 2010.