Marcelo Hernandez Castillo is the author of the memoir "Children of the Land" and the poetry book, "Cenzontle," winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. prize, winner of the 2019 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award in poetry, the Foreword bronze prize, a finalist for the Northern California Book Award, the California Book Award, the Lambda Literary award, and the Thom Gunn Award from the Publishing Triangle. "Cenzontle" was named a best book of 2018 by NPR and the New York Public Library. As one of the founders of the Undocupoets campaign, he is a recipient of the Barnes and Noble Writers for Writers Award. He holds a bachelor's degree from Sacramento State University and was the first undocumented student to graduate from the Helen Zell Writers Program at the University of Michigan. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Yhe Paris Review, People Magazine and the PBS Newshour, among others. Castillo lives in Marysville, California where he teaches poetry to incarcerated youth and also teaches at the Ashland University low-residency master's of fine arts program.