Today’s GalleyCrush is Nate Marshall’s Finna, forthcoming from One World on August 11, 2020.
Perfect pitch: “Sharp, lyrical poems celebrating the Black vernacular—its influence on pop culture, its necessity for familial survival, its rite in storytelling and in creating the safety found only within its intimacy.”
First lines: “when i first made / my name Nate / i was a boy / at summer camp / looking for cool / in the muggy shadow.”
Book notes: Paperback, poetry, 128 pages.
Author bio: Nate Marshall is an award-winning writer, rapper, educator, and editor. He is the author and editor of numerous works including Wild Hundreds and The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. Marshall is a member of The Dark Noise Collective and codirects Crescendo Literary. He is an assistant professor of English at Colorado College. He is from the South Side of Chicago.