Tags: Education; Literacy; Spoken Word

Nate Marshall


Nate Marshall—now the director of national programs for the Louder than a Bomb Youth Poetry Festival—once starred in Louder than a Bomb, a documentary that chronicles a high school poetry slam. He has also won the Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award, and his first book, Wild Hundreds, won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize.

On its publication, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association named Wild Hundreds Poetry Book of the Year, and the Great Lakes College Association gave Marshall its New Writer Award. In 2014, Marshall also won the Hurston/Wright Founding Members Award.

Marshall performs his poetry internationally, and the HBO original series Brave New Voices features him. He has also released a rap album, Grown, with his group Daily Lyrical Product. He is the editor of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, as well as a poetry editor for Kinsfolk Quarterly. His own work has appeared in Poetry Magazine, Indiana Review, the New Republic, and [PANK] Online, to name a few. He has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Poetry Foundation, and the University of Michigan.

As a teaching artist, Marshall has worked with organizations such as Young Chicago Authors, InsideOut Literary Arts Project in Detroit, and Southern Word in Nashville. He is the founder of the Lost Count Scholarship Fund that promotes youth violence prevention in Chicago, and a founding member of the poetry collective Dark Noise. Marshall co-directs Crescendo Literary with Eve Ewing. Having received his MFA through the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan, he has also taught there—and at Wabash College and Northwestern University.

All I’m Trying to Do Is Humanize.’ | interview | DIVEDAPPER
The Poetic Lives of the South Side | interview | Literary Hub
Look | reading | The New York Times
Wild Hundreds’ Poems Tackle Young Life in the City | review | Newcity Lit
Blueprint for BreakBeat Writing | essay | Poetry Magazine

Festival Years: 2018