In this episode, Andrew Grace talks to poet and editor Nate Marshall about Seamus Heaney’s sense of place, poetry as a team sport, writing rap lyrics vs. lyric poems, and, of course, Chicago.
Nate Marshall is the author of Wild Hundreds, (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015) winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s Poetry Book of the Year Award, and the Great Lakes Colleges Association’s New Writers Award. Marshall is also an editor of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (Haymarket Books, 2015), and his last rap album, Grown, came out in 2015 with his group Daily Lyrical Product. A Cave Canem fellow, his work has appeared in Poetry Magazine, Indiana Review, New Republic, and elsewhere. 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 the Director of National Programs for Louder Than A Bomb Youth Poetry Festival and has taught at the University of Michigan, Wabash College, and Northwestern University.
Andrew Grace’s books of poetry include A Belonging Field (Salt Publishing, 2001), Shadeland (Ohio State University Press, 2008) and Sancta (Ahsahta Press, 2012). His poems have appeared in Poetry, Boston Review, Iowa Review, TriQuarterly and Prairie Schooner. He has been a Wallace Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford and the winner of an Academy of American Poets prize.