Something Poetic

Activist/writer to visit WMU
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Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

Award-winning poet, essayist and activist for immigrant rights Marcelo Hernandez Castillo will give a reading of his work at 7 p.m. March 15 on Western Michigan University’s campus.

Born in Mexico, Castillo moved to the United States at age 5 and was the first undocumented student to graduate from the Helen Zell Writers' Program at the University of Michigan. He is a founding member of the Undocupoets campaign, which successfully eliminated citizenship requirements from all major first poetry book prizes in the country.

His own book Cenzontle is the winner of the 2017 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, and his first chapbook, Dulce, is the winner of the Drinking Gourd Poetry Prize. Both will be published this year. In addition, his memoir, Children of the Land, is forthcoming from Harper Collins.

Castillo’s reading, to be held in Room 2452 of Knauss Hall, is part of the WMU English department’s Gwen Frostic Reading Series. For more information, visit wmich.edu/english/events/frostic.