To the uninitiated, the world of spoken word may seem strange and sometimes daunting. Luckily for you, there is no better way to test the waters than by attending Marty McConnell’s book launch. Recently releasing her first book, Wine for a Shotgun, Marty will begin her tour here in Chicago. She’ll perform live with an accompanying band, making the poetry more accessible for those unfamiliar with her work.
For seasoned aficionados of either written poetry or spoken word, the launch party will certainly be an event you do not want to miss. With phrases such as “Rock and Roll,” “Sexy,” “Brave,” and “Beautiful” liberally peppered throughout the book’s reviews, you are bound to be both delighted and surprised. In Wine for a Shotgun, Marty unabashedly addresses many issues, including gender and sexuality. Both the subject matter as well as her self-identification as a queer woman makes this an important piece of modern literature for the LGBTQ community.
Marty releases her book fresh from her win at the 2012 National Underground Poetry Individual Competition (NUPIC). Prior to that, she has performed across the world at a plethora of competitions, festivals, and schools in addition to appearing on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. She has also facilitated countless workshops across the country and has been published in numerous anthologies.
The launch party will also feature poets Mariah Neuroth, Emily Rose, and the 2012 Green Mill National Poetry Slam team (comprised of Shelly Randall, Eric Sirota, and Rik Vazquez) in addition to Chicago singer/songwriter, Bridget Lyons.
If your’e unable to make the book launch on Thursday, November 1st, be sure to pick up your copy of Wine for a Shotgun at EM Press.
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A transplant from the snow and mountains of Upstate NY (why, yes, there IS an entire state above NYC!), Tina moved to Chicago in 2005. Since then, she’s taken full advantage of Chicago’s sports scene, participating in rugby, volleyball, and hockey – just to name a few. Her first love, however, is soccer. She's proud to have participated in both the 2006 and 2010 Gay Games as well as the 2009 Out Games. In addition to sports, Tina enjoys traveling (she tries to cross the atlantic at least once a year). Tina is a ‘Jackie of all trades’, so prepare for the unexpected!