Triptych reader series featuring Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Jan. 19

Triptych reader series featuring Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Jan. 19

Detroit Mercy’s English Department will host poet and writer Marcelo Hernandez Castillo at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 as the first speaker in its new virtual reading series, Triptych.

Marcelo Hernandez CastilloCastillo will give a reading of his work followed by audience questions. The event is free and open to the public. Register for the virtual reading.

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo is the author of Children of Land: a Memoir; Cenzontle, which was the winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. prize; and Dulce, winner of the Drinking Gourde Prize. He is a founding member of the Undocupoets, which eliminated citizenship requirements from all major poetry book prizes in the U.S., and was recognized with the Barnes and Noble Writers for Writers award. He was the first undocumented student to graduate from the Helen Zell Writers Program at the University of Michigan. He currently teaches in the creative writing program at St. Mary’s University, and the Ashley Low-Res MFA Program, as well as in poetry workshops for incarcerated youth in Northern California as the Yuba and Sutter County poet laureate.

“Castillo compresses the emotional resonances of lived experience into poetic narratives of devotion, eroticism, family, labor and migration. He makes displays of fragility and power by turn, a duality drawn into relief by the precarious condition of the undocumented immigrant.” — Publisher’s Weekly

Triptych events, hosted by Detroit Mercy’s poet-in-residence Stacy Gnall, will take place on the third Thursday for January, February and March at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. They are all free and open the the public.

Sign up for the Triptych series.

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