Poet. ADvocate. Educator.
Willy Palomo is the son of two immigrants from El Salvador. In 2018, he graduated with an MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and an MFA in poetry from Indiana University. He has taught literature, creative writing, and the Poetics of Rap in universities, juvenile detention centers, community centers, and high schools. In 2015, he received the Trustees Character Award from Westminster College for his work teaching college-level humanities to first-generation students of color in the Clemente Program of East High School. In 2017, he received the City of Bloomington Latino Leadership Award, the MLK Building Bridges Graduate Student Award, and the Latino Faculty & Staff Graduate Student Award for his work serving undocumented communities in Indiana. He is a McNair Scholar, Macondista, and a Frost Place Latin@ Scholar. He has performed his poetry nationally and internationally at the National Poetry Slam, CUPSI, and V Festival Internacional de Poesía Amada Libertad in El Salvador. His book reviews and creative writing have been featured on Button Poetry, Muzzle, PBS, Waxwing, The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States, and more. His first collection of poetry is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press in 2020. Follow him @palomopoemas.