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. A graduate of New York University’s MFA program in creative writing, his other honors include a 2011 Pushcart Prize, two Larry Neal Writers Awards, and fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation, the New York Times, the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. His work has appeared in such publications as Callaloo, Court Green, Ninth Letter, and Ploughshares, and is forthcoming in Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of African-American Poetry. His choreo-play, Trigger, was commissioned by Edgeworks Dance Theater and premiered in spring 2011. A founding member of the poetry collective, The Symphony, he has taught at Cornell University, New York University, Columbia College Chicago, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently, he is visiting assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Miami.