Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Ashland MFA Poetry Faculty
Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo


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 Prize (Northwestern University press, 2017), and Children of the Land: a Hybrid Memoir (Harper Collins, forthcoming). He is a Canto Mundo Fellow and was 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.  His work appears in The New York Times, PBS Newshour, Fusion TV, New England Review, Gulf Coast, Buzzfeed, Indiana Review, Washington Square Review, and Southern Humanities Review, among others.


MFA in Poetry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor