Marty Cain was raised in Marlboro, Vermont. He received a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Poetics from Hamilton College, as well as an M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Mississippi, where he edited Yalobusha Review and hosted the Trobar Ric Reading Series. His writing has appeared in publications such as Fence, Tarpaulin Sky, Poetry Daily, Best American Experimental Writing, and elsewhere. His first poetry book, Kids of the Black Hole, was selected by Megan Kaminski as a finalist for the Bob Kaufman Prize, and was published by Trembling Pillow Press in 2017. He is additionally the author of the nonfiction chapbook Four Essays (Tammy Chapbook Series, 2019), and a second full-length hybrid work, The Wound Is (Not) Real: A Memoir, is out from Trembling Pillow in 2021. Marty lives with his partner Kina Viola in Ithaca, New York, where they run Garden-Door Press.

Presently, Marty is a Ph.D candidate in Literatures in English at Cornell University, and is at work on a dissertation titled Rural Avant-Garde: Mapping Contemporary U.S. Poetry Collectives Outside the Metropolis. He has taught college courses on creative writing, the experimental essay, American literature, Early Modern British literature, and punk music and culture, among other subjects.

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