Poet. Activist. Educator. Editor. Salvi.
Willy Palomo is the son of two immigrants from El Salvador. He learned poetry from the worlds of hip-hop and slam. He is currently working on his MFA in poetry and MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Indiana University. In 2017, he received the MLK Building Bridges Graduate Student Award, the Latino Faculty & Staff Graduate Student Award, and the City of Bloomington Latino Leadership Award for his work serving undocumented communities in Indiana. In 2016, he was named the runner-up Latin@ Scholar at the Frost Place Conference on Poetry. 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. He has taught creative writing and the Poetics of Rap in universities, juvenile detention centers, community centers, and high schools. He has represented Utah and Indiana nationally, competing at the National Poetry Slam, CUPSI, Utah Arts Fest, and Southern Fried Poetry Slam. His book reviews and poetry have been featured Muzzle, PBS, Waxwing, The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States, and more.