Contact M. Mack:
mxmackpoet (at) gmail.com
M. Mack is a genderqueer poet, editor, and fiber artist in Virginia. Hir academic background is in gender studies and queer theory, English and poetry, and visual art and photography.
Mack is the author of Theater of Parts (Sundress Publications, 2016) and the chapbooks Mine (Big Lucks Books, forthcoming 2016), Imaginary Kansas (dancing girl press, 2015), and Traveling (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2015). Theater of Parts investigates the performativity and consciousness of gendered embodiment through page-bound theatrical productions. Signed books can be ordered directly from the author here.
Mack holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from George Mason University, where ze has taught in the English Department and Honors College. Ze has served as managing editor of So to Speak: a feminist journal of language and art. Mack is a founding co-editor of Gazing Grain Press, an explicitly trans inclusive feminist chapbook press sponsored by Fall for the Book literary festival, and an assistant editor for Cider Press Review. Mack creates hand-sewn monstrous creatures under the name What Is Reality Plushies.
dancing girl press published my chapbook Imaginary Kansas at the end of 2015. Order a signed copy from Mack here. Cover art by Lane Pearman. Imaginary Kansas is a project that fragments and queers longing. It ruminates on heteronormativity and desire. Imaginary Kansas existed as an artist’s book object made by Melissa Hill in an edition of […]
Theater of Parts is the debut full-length collection from M. Mack, now available from Sundress Publications. Order a signed copy from Mack here. Cover design by T.A. Noonan. Theater of Parts investigates dramatic forms through impossible theater, a term coined by Caridad Svich in her collection of Federico García Lorca’s drama, and the impossible body. Mack’s project […]
Traveling (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2015) is available as part of the year five series. Order a signed copy from Mack here. Cover art by Tristin Miller. Graham Bell reviewed Traveling for Blotterature, writing: “Traveling collects stories, some dreamlike and some painfully realistic, of a life lived in transit– not only in regards to jobs, relationships, and lessons […]
re/creation (working title)
Research project leading to book manuscript
Investigation through eco-poetics, research, and collage of how parks systems and the Civilian Conservation Corps have shaped landscape creation and preservation, particularly in Virginia.
Present-day cinematic conversations with Havelock Ellis.
Selections published in The Queer South (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014).
Chapbook manuscript, in collaboration with Alyse Knorr
This project uses the landscape and language of the Super Mario Brothers universe to explore contemporary gendered and sexualized discourse.