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John Murillo‘s first poetry collection, Up Jump the Boogie (Cypher, 2010), was a finalist for both the 2011 Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the PEN Open Book Award, and was named by The Huffington Post as one of “Ten Recent Books of Poetry You Should Read Right Now.” His honors include a Pushcart Prize, two Larry Neal Writers Awards, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Cave Canem Foundation, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, the New York Times, and the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing. His work has appeared in such publications as Callaloo, Court Green, Ninth Letter, and Ploughshares, and in Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of African-American Poetry. Currently, he teaches in the creative writing program at New York University, the low-residency MFA Program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation at Drew University, and at Hampshire College as Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and African-American Literary Arts.