John Murillo

John Murillo is the author of the poetry collections Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry (Four Way Books, 2020), winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and the Poetry Society of Virginia’s North American Book Award, and a finalist for both the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry and the NAACP Image Award; and Up Jump the Boogie (Cypher Books, 2010), a finalist for both the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the PEN Open Book Award.

The recipient of a Four Quartets Prize for his poem “A Refusal to Mourn the Deaths, by Gunfire, of Three Men in Brooklyn” and a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, two Larry Neal Writers Awards, two Pushcart Prizes, the J Howard and Barbara MJ Wood Prize from the Poetry Foundation, among many other honors, Murillo is assistant professor of English and the director of the creative writing program at Wesleyan University. Murillo served as the Guest Editor for Poem-a-Day in February 2022 and has served as the spring 2024 poet in residence at the University of Arizona Poetry Center. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.