Paul Martínez Pompa began his formal education at the College of Lake County, a community college in suburban Chicago. He then transferred to the University of Chicago, where he earned a B.A. in English Language and Literature. He was awarded a Dean’s Minority Fellowship at Indiana University, where he earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and served as a poetry editor for Indiana Review. His chapbook, Pepper Spray, was published by Momotombo Press in 2006.  In 2007, his poetry and prose appeared in two anthologies: The Wind Shifts, New Latino Poetry and Telling Tongues, A Latin@ Anthology on Language Experience. His first, full-length collection of poetry, My Kill Adore Him, was selected by Martín Espada as winner of the 2008 Andres Montoya Poetry Prize and was published by the University of Notre Dame Press in 2009. He now lives in Chicago and teaches composition, poetry and creative writing at Triton College in River Grove, Illinois.

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