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 journals such as Fence, Tarpaulin Sky, Action Yes, Dreginald, The Pinch, Gigantic Sequins, Deluge, 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). Marty’s current book-length projects include The Wound Is (Not) Real: A Memoir – a hybrid-genre text concerned with rural adolescence, trauma, sexuality, and ecstatic permeability – as well as Meadow of Rust, a poetry manuscript dealing with anxiety, autoimmune disorder, and bovine anatomy. Marty lives with his partner Kina Viola in Ithaca, New York, where they run Garden-Door Press. Presently, Marty is a PhD candidate in English Language & Literature at Cornell University; his scholarly interests include contemporary poetry, media studies, the pastoral, and the rural humanities. His prospective dissertation is a study of poetry communities in the rural U.S. from the 1970s to the present, with a particular focus on how community is mediated through infrastructural access, geography, and institutionalism. 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. Marty also plays in the indie rock band Wildflwr, as well as the punk band Joyous Shrub 666.
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