Growth Coaching for Poets
Leveraging Marty's expertise in writing and performance, Growth Coaching for Poets can focus on generating new work, preparing for and seeking publication, and/or developing and practicing skills related to writing and/or performing poetry. We can work on revision of individual poems or editing entire manuscripts, managing performance anxiety, writing through blockages, or pursuing journal or book publication. To a greater or lesser extent, all Growth Coaching for Poets also provides support in developing a sustainable practice that balances your needs with the demands of your art. This support draws on a range of techniques to tap into your deep knowing and most powerful and productive impulses, and build on those in practical ways. If you're interested, please use the CONTACT button to message Marty to set up a time and date. About Marty: Marty McConnell lives in Chicago, Illinois, where she coaches individuals and groups toward building thriving, sustainable lives and organizations. An MFA graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, her work has recently appeared in Best American Poetry, Southern Humanities Review, Gulf Coast, and Indiana Review, and is forthcoming in Southampton Poetry Review. Her first full-length collection, “wine for a shotgun,” published by EM Press, received the Silver Medal in the Independent Publishers Awards, and was a finalist for both the Audre Lorde Award (Publishing Triangle) and the Lambda Literary Awards. She is also the co-founder of M4, a small company dedicated to shifting the way we experience work by applying the principles of Appreciative Inquiry to uncover solutions, break patterns, and create lasting change.
Part of the vanguard of poets fusing and refusing the delineations between literary and oral poetry, Marty McConnell’s work 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. McConnell is the author of wine for a shotgun, (EM Press, 2012), which received the Silver Medal in the 2013 Independent Publishers Awards, and was a finalist for both the Audre Lorde Award (Publishing Triangle) and the Lambda Literary Awards. She is also a seven-time National Poetry Slam team member, the 2012 National Underground Poetry Individual Competition (NUPIC) Champion, and appeared twice on HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam.” McConnell’s work has been published in numerous anthologies, including Best American Poetry 2014, A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry, City of the Big Shoulders: An Anthology of Chicago Poetry, Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Movement, as well as journals including Bellevue Literary Review, Willow Springs, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, Crab Orchard, and Beloit Poetry Journal, among others. McConnell was recently selected for a residency at Hedgebrook, and debuted a collaborative and interactive performance experience entitled "when they say you can't go home again, what they mean is you were never there," with installation artist Lindsey Dorr-Niro through a grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. McConnell transplanted herself from Chicago to New York City in 1999, after completing the first of three national tours with Th
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