“John Murillo is one of the leading voices in contemporary American poetry today, a peerless craftsman who writes with great personal intensity about social and political problems faced by Black and Latinx communities,” said Jason Koo, associate teaching professor of English at Quinnipiac. “He is the winner of the prestigious Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for his second collection of poems, Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry, one of the biggest poetry prizes in the world.”
The event, which was free and open to the public, was part of Quinnipiac's Creative Writing Series.
Murillo is the author of the poetry collections, “Up Jump the Boogie,” a finalist for both the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Pen Open Book Award. He additionally published another book, “Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry,” winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and the Poetry Society of Virginia’s North American Book Award, as well as a finalist for the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry and the NAACP Image Award.
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