Poetry Slam Featuring
includes Open Mic and One-Round Slam
Friday, September 20, 2013
8 p.m. Uptown
Marty McConnell is the author of wine for a shotgun (2012) and has been published widely in anthologies, including A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry, City of the Big Shoulders: An Anthology of Chicago Poetry, and Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Movement. Part of the vanguard of poets fusing and refusing the delineations between literary and oral poetry, McConnell blurs the lines between autobiography and personae to comment on and illuminate what it means to live and love outside the lines in early 21st century America.
A member of seven National Poetry Slam teams representing New York City and Chicago, McConnell is the 2012 National Underground Poetry Individual Competition (NUPIC) Champion. In 2011, she completed her first European tour and debuted her one-woman show, "vicebox." She is a two-time recipient of the Community Arts Assistance Program grant from the City of Chicago's Office of Tourism and Culture, and received a 2013 grant from the Illinois Arts Council.
McConnell transplanted herself from Chicago to New York City in 1999, after completing the first of three national tours with the Morrigan, an all-female performance poetry troupe she co-founded. She received her MFA in creative writing/poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, and for nearly a decade, co-curated the flagship reading series of the New York City-based louderARTS Project. She appeared on both the second and fifth seasons of HBO's Def Poetry Jam. She returned to Chicago in 2009 to co-found Vox Ferus, an organization dedicated to empowering and energizing individuals and communities through the written and spoken word.
See McConnell's website for more information and video links: martyoutloud.com/