US-resident New Zealand writer Michael Jackson is the author of 35 works of anthropology, poetry, fiction and memoir, and is internationally renowned for his work in the field of existential anthropology. In New Zealand he is best known for his poetry and creative non-fiction. Latitudes of Exile was awarded the Commonwealth Poetry Prize in 1976, and Wall won the New Zealand Book Award for Poetry in 1981. His most recent books include Harmattan: A philosophical fiction (2015), Selected Poems (2016), and The Varieties of Temporal Experience: Travels in philosophical, historical and ethnographic time (2018).
Through novels, poetry, and unorthodox theoretical texts, Michael Jackson has done more than any other living scholar to explore and expand forms of ethnographic writing. His encounters in Sierra Leone have inspired a series of publications that move progressively free from the bounds of standard genre, from classical monograph to fable analysis to oral history to a variety of biography/memoir hybrids, so as to explore various constellations of consistent themes including travel, struggle, storytelling, social interaction, and personal introspection. Samuel Mark Anderson, American Ethnologist 43 (2), 2016 The Varieties of Temporal Experience is a gripping, challenging work that brings a unique voice to questions about how we experience time. To enable the reader to dwell in experiences of time in its variety and to experience firstness, providing gentle nudges but not overwhelming the reader with a heavy apparatus, is no small achievement. Veena Das, Johns Hopkins University on The Varieties of Temporal Experience, Columbia University Press (2018)