Yaxkin Melchy is the author of Desde el Nuevo Mundo (2006-2016) which gathers his previous collections published in Mexico titled Ciudades electrodomésticas, Los poemas que vi por un telescopio, El Sol Verde, Los planetas, El Cinturon de Kuiper and Safari Turquesa. He founded the online journal “La red de los poetas salvajes,” and is the editor of the presses “18.104.22.168” and “22.214.171.124” which create hand crafted artisanal books. In 2009 he was recognized with the “Elías Nandino” National Prize for Young Poets.
Marcelo Hernandez Castillo was born in Zacatecas, Mexico, and crossed the border through Tijuana at the age of five with his family. He is a Canto Mundo fellow and the first undocumented student to graduate from the University of Michigan’s MFA program. He teaches summers as the resident artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida. He was a finalist for the New England Review Emerging Writer Award and his manuscript was a finalist for the Alice James Book Prize and the National Poetry Series. His work has been adapted into opera through collaboration with the composer Reinaldo Moya. His poems and essays can be found in Indiana Review, New England Review, The Paris American, Gulf Coast and Southern Humanities Review among others. He helped initiate the Undocupoets campaign which successfully eliminated citizenship requirements from all major first poetry book prizes in the country.