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John Murillo read from his poetry collection, Up Jump The Boogie (2010) on November 4, 2010 as part of the Creative Writing Program's fall reading series. Murillo is currently a visiting assistant professor of creative writing at Cornell University.

Originally from Los Angeles, California, Murillo earned his MFA from New York University's creative writing program. He has received fellowships from Cave Canem, The New York Times, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

Up Jump The Boogie (2010) is Murillo's first poetry collection. His work has also appeared in publications such as Callaloo, Court Green, Ninth Letter, and Ploughshares. He is a two-time winner of the Larry Neal Award for Poetry.