Murillo is a true poet, a wordsmith, and a song-maker, intelligent, principled, compassionate, and fearless… Leave the idea that ‘poetry makes nothing happen’ to the poets whose poetry makes nothing happen. John Murillo will provide salvation to those who need poetry to save them.
— Martín Espada
 
 
 
Photographs by Marcus Jackson

Photographs by Marcus Jackson

John Murillo is the author of the poetry collections, Up Jump the Boogie (Cypher 2010), finalist for both the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Pen Open Book Award, and Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry (forthcoming from Four Way Books 2020). His honors include a Pushcart Prize, the J Howard and Barbara MJ Wood Prize from the Poetry Foundation, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Cave Canem Foundation, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. His work has appeared in American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, and Best American Poetry 2017 and 2019.  He is an assistant professor of English at Wesleyan University and also teaches in the low residency MFA program at Sierra Nevada College.