Marcelo Hernandez Castillo is a poet, essayist, and translator born in Zacatecas, Mexico. He is the author of Cenzontle, winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Prize (BOA Editions 2018), Dulce, winner of the sixth annual Drinking Gourd Chapbook Prize (Northwestern University Press 2017), and Children of the Land: a Memoir (Harper Collins 2020). He is a Canto Mundo Fellow and became the first undocumented student to enroll and graduate from the MFA program at the University of Michigan. As a founding member of the Undocupoets campaign, which eliminated citizenship requirements from all first book prizes in the nation, he was awarded the Barnes and Noble “Writers for Writers” Award.
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