Eduardo C. Corral

(1973 - Present)

Eduardo C. Corral was born in Casa Grande, a small city in Arizona, in 1973. The son of Mexican immigrants, he earned his bachelor degree from Arizona State University and his MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His debut poetry collection, Slow Lightning (2012), was chosen by Carl Phillips for the Yale Younger Poets Prize, making Corral the first Latinx recipient of the award. Guillotine (Graywolf, 2020), his second book, was awarded the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry and was longlisted for the National Book Award for Poetry.

Corral’s poems have appeared in Ambit, Black Warrior Review, New England Review, The New Republic, Ploughshares, and Poetry, among other journals. His many honors and awards include a Whiting Writers’ Award, the 92Y Discovery/The Nation Award, the J. Howard and Barbara M. J. Wood Prize, and Princeton University’s Holmes National Poetry Prize and Hodder Fellowship. He has received residencies and fellowship from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Civitella Ranieri, the National Endowment for the Arts, and CantoMundo, for which he was a founding fellow. Corral has held the Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship in Creative Writing at Colgate University and was the Philip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell University. He currently teaches in the MFA program at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.


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