Nate Marshall was raised in the West Pullman neighborhood of Chicago. An alumnus of Chicago public schools, Marshall holds a BA in English and African American diaspora studies from Vanderbilt University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan.
A writer, editor, rapper, and educator, Marshall is the author of Finna (One World, 2020); Wild Hundreds (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015); and a coeditor, with Kevin Coval and Quraysh Ali Lansana, of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (Haymarket Books, 2015).
Marshall is the recipient of the Chicago Public Library Foundation’s 21st Century Award, a member of the Dark Noise Collective, and the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem, the Poetry Foundation, and the University of Michigan.
Marshall is the director of national programs for Young Chicago Authors and the Louder Than a Bomb Youth Poetry Festival. He teaches creative writing and literature at Colorado College and lives in Colorado Springs.