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Nate Marshall is from the South Side of Chicago. He is the editor of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. His first book, Wild Hundreds, won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize and is forthcoming from the University of Pittsburgh Press. His rap album Grown is due out Summer 2015 with his group Daily Lyrical Product. He is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Wabash College. He received his MFA in Poetry at The University of Michigan where he also served as a Zell Postgraduate Fellow. He received his BA at Vanderbilt University. A Cave Canem Fellow, his work has appeared in POETRY Magazine, Indiana Review, The New Republic, [PANK] Online, and in many other publications.

He was the star of the award winning full-length documentary Louder Than A Bomb and has been featured on the HBO Original Series Brave New Voices. He is also a Poetry Editor for Kinfolks Quarterly. Nate won the 2014 Hurston/Wright Founding Members Award and the 2013 Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award. He was a finalist for the 2014 Ruth Lilly/Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship. Nate was named a semi-finalist for the 2013 “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Contest. He was also a 2013 finalist for the Indiana Review Poetry Prize.

Nate has been a teaching artist with organizations such as Young Chicago Authors, InsideOut Literary Arts Project in Detroit, and Southern Word in Nashville. Nate is the founder of the Lost Count Scholarship Fund that promotes youth violence prevention in Chicago. He is a founding member of the poetry collective Dark Noise. Nate has performed poetry at venues and universities across the US, Canada, and South Africa. He is also a rapper.

Nate Marshall is the author of books: Finna: Poems, Wild Hundreds, Blood Percussion, The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, 1989, The Number, Heavy Feather Review 3.1, The End of Chiraq: A Literary Mixtape, Cicada, January/February 2016 (Cicada v18n03), Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry, BreakBeat Poets (2 Book Series)

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Dynamic poems that celebrate the Black vernacular and engage with the world through the lens of Hip Hop as well as America's vast reserve of racial and gendered epithets--from an award-winning author and poet.

fin-na /ˈfinə/ contraction: (1) going to; intending to. rooted in African American Vernacular English. (2) eye dialect spelling of "fixing to." (3) Black possibility; Black futurity; Blackness as tomorrow.

A lyrical and sharp celebration, these poems consider the brevity and disposability of Black lives and other oppressed people in our current era of emboldened white supremacy. In three key parts, Finna explores the mythos and erasure of names in the American narrative; asks how gendered language can provoke violence; and finally, through the celebration and examination of the Black vernacular, expands the notions of possibility, giving us a new language of hope.
Wild Hundreds is a long love song to Chicago. The book celebrates the people, culture, and places often left out of the civic discourse and the travel guides. Wild Hundreds is a book that displays the beauty of black survival and mourns the tragedy of black death.
Nate Marshall’s Blood Percussion, a runner-up for the 2013 Button Poetry Prize.
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Nate Marshall was paying close attention when Chuck D said, “Rap is CNN for Black people.” In
his hard-hitting chapbook, Blood Percussion, Marshall takes the Hard Rhymer’s words and masterfully
applies them to poetry, turning his eye toward gun play, free lunches, skull caps, prayers, and praise
songs. With wit and fierce music, these poems take on the subjects that can’t find a space on the
evening news, reminding the reader again and again that there is power and grace in truth-telling
even when those truths are difficult to hear.
–Adrian Matejka, author of The Big Smoke

With language that swerves, spars, and startles, Nate Marshall’s Blood Percussion adamantly asks us
to consider our youth as more than mere statistics or headlines. These poems fearlessly embody
the voices of boys and girls who grieve, wander, love, dream. In a world where appearances are
consistently privileged, Marshall’s poems remind us how necessary it is to render the interiors of
those whose lives we cannot let slip into the cracks of the very sidewalks we all traverse.
–Tarfia Faizullah, author of Seam

What can be said? Blood Percussion is what it sounds like it is: A full body experience, poems that wail
& juke in every register. Each page of this thing carries a lyric force that’ll make you sit upright or
throw the book against the wall or just sit there for a second, shook, wondering where all the room
in the room went. It’s not just that Nate Marshall can flat-out write. Yes, the formalistic elegance of
these poems is certainly worth the price of admission all by itself, but there’s also a singular courage
to this work, an engagement with the fullness of its characters’ lives that makes every stanza feel like
celebration in the face of danger on all sides, the beautiful refusal of dominant narratives that would
seek to quell such fire, such love. These are poems to be read aloud and often. This is the difficult
music we need.
–Joshua Bennett, founding editor of Kinfolks Quarterly
A first-of-its-kind anthology of hip-hop poetica written for and by the people.

Hip-Hop is the largest youth culture in the history of the planet rock. This is the first poetry anthology by and for the Hip-Hop generation.

It has produced generations of artists who have revolutionized their genre(s) by applying the aesthetic innovations of the culture. The BreakBeat Poets features 78 poets, born somewhere between 1961-1999, All-City and Coast-to-Coast, who are creating the next and now movement(s) in American letters.

The BreakBeat Poets is for people who love Hip-Hop, for fans of the culture, for people who've never read a poem, for people who thought poems were only something done by dead white dudes who got lost in a forest, and for poetry heads. This anthology is meant to expand the idea of who a poet is and what a poem is for.

The BreakBeat Poets are the scribes recording and remixing a fuller spectrum of experience of what it means to be alive in this moment. The BreakBeat Poets are a break with the past and an honoring of the tradition(s), an undeniable body expanding the canon for the fresher.
For hip-hop heads 89 was the peak of the Golden Era and the Crack Epidemic.

1989, the number is an exploration of the year 1989 through politics, personal history and culture. This chapbook plays like a mixtape incorporating the hottest records and stories of 89 and reflecting their relevance for today.
Volume three, issue one of the Heavy Feather Review literary journal.

Cover by Eben Kling.

Fiction by Jessica Alexander, Brett Beach, Nathan Blake, Ace Boggess, Michael Chaney, Ryder Collins, Lancaster Cooney, Katy Gunn, Jennifer Lynn Hall, Stefan Kiesbye, Nick Kocz, T.j. Martinson, and Eric Neuenfeldt. Poetry by Priscilla Atkins, Robert Balun, Panika M. C. Dillon, Suzi F. Garcia, Ally Harris, Tim Kahl, W. Todd Kaneko, Ruth Madievsky, Nate Marshall, and Jeffrey Wasserboehr. Creative nonfiction by Ben Hoffman. Art by Andy Kehoe, Eben Kling, and Jon Read. Interview with Dash Shaw.

Praise for Ryder Collins, featured chapbook contest winner:

“‘And so it came to be. & so it came to be that Big Mama squatted and borned us. & we came out squalling and waving sticks.’ This is the way we’re launched into one of the pieces in The way the sky was now, and it’s indicative of the fierce, funny, wild energy that runs through this chapbook full of post-apocalyptic snapshots. I was reminded a little of George Saunders, a little of Lindsay Hunter, but this is something totally new, something real and raw – a really promising voice in this little/big tome. Ryder Collins is adept at so many voices, and especially loves the outsiders. There’s something intensely musical about the collection as well, that gives it at times a folkloric quality that works well in painting a world after the world had ended. In the end, the best compliment I can give is that the book just works - and it draws you in and draws you in, so close that to get burned by these searing pages.” —Amber Sparks, author of May We Shed These Human Bodies
The End of Chiraq: A Literary Mixtape is a collection of poems, rap lyrics, short stories, essays, interviews, and artwork about Chicago, the city that came to be known as "Chiraq" ("Chicago" + "Iraq"), and the people who live in its vibrant and occasionally violent neighborhoods. Tuned to the work of Chicago’s youth, especially the emerging artists and activists surrounding Young Chicago Authors, this literary mixtape unpacks the meanings of “Chiraq” as both a vexed term and a space of possibility.

"Chiraq" has come to connote the violence—interpersonal and structural—that many Chicago youth regularly experience. But the contributors to The End of Chiraq show that Chicago is much more than Chiraq. Instead, they demonstrate how young people are thinking and mobilizing, engaged in a process of creating a new and safer world for themselves, their communities, and their city.

In true mixtape fashion, the book is an exercise in "low end theory" that does not just include so-called underground and marginal voices, but foregrounds them. Edited by award-winning poets, writers, and teachers Javon Johnson and Kevin Coval, The End of Chiraq addresses head-on the troublesome relationship between Chicago and Chiraq and envisions a future in which both might be transformed.
Cicada Magazine is that smart, witty friend every creative teen deserves. Featuring exciting new works in fiction, poetry, and comics, plus interviews, Cicada breaks open the lit/art worlds for young adults who are making the leap into creative practice.

Contents of this issue:
2 • Cicada Census|Best of 2015 • Anonymous
5 • Slack Jawed • Nim Holden
10 • Wild Hundreds • Nate Marshall
_10 • Chicago High School Love Letters • Nate Marshall
_11 • Learning Gang Handshakes • Nate Marshall
_12 • Repetition & Repetition & • Nate Marshall
13 • Yes or No • Bianca Bagnarelli
18 • Best of The Slam 2015 • [The Readers]
25 • Choose Your Own Adventure: A Magazine Page • Elizabeth Preston
26 • Adolescence Essentials • Gina Wynbrandt
28 • Artist Allies|Leigh Luna • Anonymous
30 • Cicada Zine|#4: Field Guide to Forgotten Victorian Gadgets • Iris Gottlieb
31 • Forever Girl • J. Kyle Turner
35 • Super Fun & Easy Make & Do Activities • Anne Neher
38 • Little Jaws • Kerry Cullen
44 • Writer's Manifesto|Doing What You Love: An Interview with Miya Tokumitsu • Anonymous
46 • Creative Endeavors|Pirates • [The Readers]
The next call for submissions is "Can't Go Back".
_46 • The Shipwreck • Maddie Christmann
_46 • Captain K • Keosha Jones
_46 • Teen Witch • Jessica McCormick
_47 • Wrong Hook! • Kiela Sibal
_47 • Sorrowful Pirate Queen • Grace A.
48 • Comics Crush • Anna Bongiovanni
Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry is an anthology of poems by more than a hundred award-winning poets, including Jericho Brown, Tracy K. Smith, and Justin Philip Reed, combined with themed essays on poetics from celebrated scholars such as Kwame Dawes, Evie Shockley, and Meta DuEwa Jones.The Furious Flower Poetry Center is the nation’s first academic center for Black poetry. In this eponymous collection, editors Joanne V. Gabbin and Lauren K. Alleyne bring together many of the paramount voices in Black poetry and poetics active today, composing an electrifying mosaic of voices, generations, and aesthetics that reveals the Black narrative in the work of twentieth- and twenty-first-century writers. Intellectually enlightening and powerfully enlivening, Furious Flower explores and celebrates the idea of the Black poetic voice, to ask, “What’s next for Black poetic expression?”