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Marty Cain

Marty Cain

Educational Background

Cornell University, MA
University of Mississippi, MFA
Hamilton College, BA



Marty Cain studies poetry communities in the rural U.S. from the 1970s to the present, with a particular focus on the way community is mediated by technology, geography, infrastructure, and institutions. As a 2018 Cornell Summer Fellow in the Digital Humanities, he completed a project mapping the Lucifer Poetics email listserv. He is the author of the book-length poem Kids of the Black Hole (Trembling Pillow Press, 2017), as well as the hybrid nonfiction chapbook Four Essays (Tammy Chapbook Series, 2018). Among other journals, his poetry appears in Fence, Tarpaulin Sky, and Best American Experimental Writing, guest ed. Joyelle McSweeney (Wesleyan University Press, forthcoming 2019). His critical work appears in Boston ReviewJacket2, and elsewhere.


  • English


  • U.S. Contemporary Poetry
  • Experimental Writing
  • Rural Literature
  • Cultural Geography
  • Media Studies