Marty Cain joins me to discuss his debut poetry book Kids of the Black Hole. We talk about the long poem, the influence of Vermont on his writing, and more
About Marty Cain
Marty Cain was raised in Marlboro, Vermont. He received a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Poetics from Hamilton College, as well as an M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Mississippi, where he edited Yalobusha Review and hosted the Trobar Ric Reading Series. His writing has appeared in journals such as Fence, Tarpaulin Sky, Action Yes, Dreginald, The Pinch, Gigantic Sequins, Deluge, and elsewhere. His first book, Kids of the Black Hole, was selected by Megan Kaminski as a finalist for the Bob Kaufman Prize, and was published by Trembling Pillow Press in 2017. Marty’s current book-length projects include The Wound Is (Not) Real: A Memoir – a hybrid-genre text concerned with rural adolescence, trauma, sexuality, and ecstatic permeability – as well as Meadow of Rust, a poetry manuscript dealing with anxiety, autoimmune disorder, and bovine anatomy. Marty lives with his partner Kina Viola in Ithaca, New York, where they run Garden-Door Press. Presently, Marty is pursuing a PhD in English Language & Literature at Cornell University; his scholarly interests include the pastoral, infrastructure, and rural poetry communities, and he has published scholarly work on Frank Stanford and Aase Berg.