Hambone (magazine)

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EditorNathaniel Mackey
CategoriesPoetry magazine
FrequencyIrregular; annual
First issueSpring 1974
CountryUnited States

Hambone is a small literary magazine that has published major poets. The magazine is edited by poet Nathaniel Mackey.[1]

Writing in The Nation magazine, John Palattella described Hambone as "an indispensable little magazine that for more than a quarter-century has featured work by everyone from Sun Ra, Robert Duncan, and Beverly Dahlen to Edward Kamau Brathwaite and Susan Howe."[2]

History and profile[edit]

The magazine's first issue was published in the spring of 1974[3] under another name as a group effort by the Committee on Black Performing Arts at Stanford University. It was dormant for several years before Mackey renamed it Hambone and revived it as a significantly different journal. The second issue appeared in the fall of 1982, with Mackey as sole editor and publisher. Since then it has appeared irregularly, a bit less than one issue per year.[4]

Although the Fall 1982 issue of the magazine was the first with the Hambone name, Mackey called it Hambone 2. It included work by Sun Ra, fiction by Clarence Major, Wilson Harris and poems by Robert Duncan, Beverly Dahlen, Jay Wright, and Kamau Brathwaite.[5]

In a 1991 interview, Mackey said, "Whether it will go on my whole life? I'm pretty sure that it won't. I don't know how much longer it will go on." The magazine was still in existence; however, with the publication of Hambone 19 on November 15, 2009.[6][7]


  1. ^ Andrew Joron (April 2013). "Hambone: Destination Out". Poetry Foundation. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  2. ^ Palattella, John (September 18, 2006). "Poetry, From Noun to Verb". The Nation. Retrieved January 29, 2007.
  3. ^ "Hambone". Chimurenga Library. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  4. ^ Mackey, Nathaniel (Spring 2000). "Editing Hambone". Callaloo. 23 (2): 665–668. doi:10.1353/cal.2000.0089. Retrieved January 29, 2007.
  5. ^ Funkhouser, Christopher (March 1995). "Interview with Nathaniel Mackey". Callaloo. 18 (4). Retrieved October 19, 2009.
  6. ^ Hambone 19 SPD Books. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  7. ^ HAMBONE 19 included work by Will Alexander, George Kalamaras, Dawn Lundy Martin, Peter Gizzi, Kamau Brathwaite, Norman Finkelstein, Renee Gladman, Ted Pearson, Fred Moten, Myung Mi Kim, John Taggart, Lyn Hejinian, Carla Harryman, Joseph Donahue, Sun Ra, David Marriott, David Need, Michael Davidson, Luke Harley, Geoffrey G. O'Brien, Phillip Foss, Lisa Samuels, Peter O'Leary, Paul Mann, Ed Roberson, Sun Ra, Nathaniel Mackey, Lloyd Addison, and Leslie Scalapino.

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