CRAIG SANTOS PEREZ, a native Chamorro originally from the Pacific Island of Guahan (Guam), has lived in California since 1995. He is the co-founder of Achiote Press and author of several chapbooks, including constellations gathered along the ecliptic (Shadowbox Press, 2007), all with ocean views (Overhere Press, 2007), and preterrain (Corollary Press, 2008). His first book, from unincorporated territory [hacha] (Tinfish Press in 2008) has been taught in universities across the United States and the Pacific. His poetry, essays, fiction, reviews, and translations have appeared in New American Writing, Pleiades, The Denver Quarterly, The Colorado Review, Sentence, and Rain Taxi, among others. And, Craig is the recipient of this year's Poets & Writers California Writers Exchange Award. He will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to give a public reading. Juan Felipe Herrera was the judge for poetry. His work was chosen from a pool of 712 poetry entries. Craig received a B.A. in Art History & Literature from the Johnston Center of Integrative Studies at the University of Redlands (2002) and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco (2006). He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Ethnic Studies at University of California, Berkeley, where he studies Native American & Native Oceanic Literature and Theory. Since 2007, Craig has been involved with Famoksaiyan, a Chamorro grassroots activist organization. In 2008, he joined a delegation of Chamorro activists and testified on the negative cultural, environmental, and political impact of U.S. militarization on Guam at the United Nations' annual meeting of the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) in New York City. The delegation also met with representatives from the U.S. Virgin Islands, Argentina, the Philippines, and Indonesia. You can find Craig online at craigsantosperez.wordpress.com.
"Continues Craig Santos Perez's epic investigation of Chamorro
culture, language, and identity. It is by turns ferocious and
elegiac, historical and lyrical." --Aaron Shurin, author, "King of
"Perez gives the reader a subtle and serious version/vision of Guam (Guahan) that is necessary in understanding the country and other countries of colonization." --Mary Kasimor, "Jacket" magazine