Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

India Downes-Le Guin

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo is the author of Children of the Land: a MemoirCenzontlewhich was the winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. prize; and Dulcewinner of the Drinking Gourd Prize. He is a founding member of the Undocupoets, which eliminated citizenship requirements from all major poetry book prizes in the U.S,  and was recognized with the Barnes and Noble Writers for Writers award. He was the first undocumented student to graduate from the Helen Zell Writers Program at the University of Michigan. He currently teaches in the creative writing program at St. Mary’s University, and the Ashland Low-Res MFA Program, as well as poetry workshops for incarcerated youth in Northern California as the Yuba and Sutter County poet laureate.