Marty McConnell lives in Chicago, where she coaches individuals and groups toward building thriving, sustainable lives and organizations. An MFA graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including Best American Poetry, Southern Humanities Review, Gulf Coast, and Indiana Review. Her first full-length poetry collection, “wine for a shotgun,” (EM Press, 2013) received the Silver Medal in the Independent Publishers Awards, and was a finalist for both the Audre Lorde Award and the Lambda Literary Awards. Her first nonfiction book, “Gathering Voices: Creating a Community-based Poetry Workshop,” is forthcoming in early 2018 on YesYes Books. Part of the vanguard of poets fusing and refusing the delineations between literary and oral poetry, she is a seven-time National Poetry Slam team member, the 2012 National Underground Poetry Individual Competition (NUPIC) Champion, and appeared twice on HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam.”