Poetry Reading: Craig Santos Perez (hybrid)

This event will be held in person at UWM's Curtin Hall, Room 175. To access the live stream, click on the button below.


Sponsors and Supporters: The Boudreaux Foundation, UWM English Department, UWM Electa Quinney Institute, UWM American Indian Studies Program, UWM Asian Studies Certificate Program, UWM Sociocultural Programming, and Woodland Pattern Book Center.

Craig Santos Perez is an indigenous Chamoru (Chamorro) from the Pacific Island of Guåhan (Guam). He is a poet, scholar, editor, publisher, essayist, critic, book reviewer, artist, environmentalist, and political activist. Santos Perez is the author of two spoken word poetry albums, Undercurrent (2011) and Crosscurrent (2017), and five books of poetry, including from unincorporated territory [lukao] (Omnidawn, 2017), and Habitat Threshold (2020). Santos Perez has received numerous awards and honors, including a gold medal Nautilus Book Award (2021), and the George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature (2022) from the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP). In 2021, he was named to the “Grist 50” list of climate and environmental justice leaders. His monograph, Navigating CHamoru Poetry: Indigeneity, Aesthetics, and Decolonization (2022) was published by the Critical Issues of Indigenous Studies series at the University of Arizona Press. Santos Perez is co-founder of Ala Press (the only publisher in the US wholly dedicated to Pacific literature) and the co-editor of six anthologies of Pacific and eco-literature. 

There will be an in-person craft talk earlier in the day at 3 PM in the same location. To access the live stream of the talk, click on the button below.