Arts in the Valley host Kim McMillon interviews authors Mary Mackey and C.J. Sage on Saturday, October 22nd at 8 PM.
To listen to author Mary Mackey’s interview, click onto the link: seg 1 mackey
Mary Mackey’s published works include 11 novels and 5 books of poetry and have sold over a million and a half copies. They have been translated into eleven foreign languages including Japanese, Hebrew, and Finnish. While her poetry has mainly centered around the traditional lyric themes of love, death, and nature, her novels have ranged from the Midwestern United States to Neolithic Europe, from comedy to tragedy. A screenwriter as well as a novelist, she has sold feature scripts to Warner Brothers as well as to various independent film companies. John Korty directed the filming of her original screenplay Silence which starred the late Will Geer and which won several awards.
She has lectured at many places including Harvard and the Smithsonian. Additionally, she has contributed to such diverse print and on-line publications as The Chiron Review, Redbook, and Salon. She also writes comedy under the pen name “Kate Clemens”.
Praise for Mary Mackey’s Sugar Zone
In Sugar Zone, Mary Mackey takes you on a fascinating journey to the interior, somewhere between Saint Theresa’s Inner Castle and the thicket of Eros—but also a place of desperate actuality, even if it is “on the other side of the world.” Mackey joins other visionary poets of dépaysement–Henri Michaux in Asia, John Ash in Anatolia, Sharon Doubiago in Peru, Lorca in Manhattan. But Mackey really seems to recover a lost part of herself in the edgy lyricism of the tropics, haunted by fado, forro, and death. Please read “Cold Snap”; who but Mackey could have written it? Sugar Zone authoritatively creates a language and a culture; but the lines are tense with the vulnerability of lovers, strangers, and travelers with no ticket home.
To listen to author C.J. Sage click onto the link: seg 2 cj sage
C. J. Sage edits The National Poetry Review and press. Her poems appear in The Antioch Review, Barrow Street, Black Warrior Review, Boston Review, Copper Nickel, The Journal, The Literary Review, North American Review, Orion, Ploughshares, POOL, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, The Southeast Review, The Threepenny Review, et cetera. Her books are Let’s Not Sleep (poems), And We The Creatures (anthology), Odyssea (poems), Field Notes in Contemporary Literature (textbook / anthology), and The San Simeon Zebras (poems). She is also a visual artist.
Publications and Prizes
The San Simeon Zebras (Salmon Poetry, 2010), Odyssea (Turning Point, 2007), Let’s Not Sleep (Dream Horse, 2002)
Field Notes in Contemporary Literature (Dream Horse, 2006)
American Poetry Journal, Antioch Review, Backwards City Review, Barrow Street, Bateau, Black Warrior Review, Boston Review, Cave Wall, Copper Nickel, Folio, New Orleans Review, North American Review, Orion, Ploughshares, Poetry East, Poetry Kanto, Pool, Prairie Schooner, Saranac Review, Shenandoah, Southeast Review, The Literary Review, Threepenny Review