from unincorporated territory

Craig Santos Perez lives in Hawai‘i, where he is assistant professor of English at the University of Hawai‘i at M?noa. He received his MFA in Poetry from the University of San Francisco and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. He is co-founder of Achiote Press and author of several chapbooks.


from unincorporated territory
by Craig Santos Perez • 2008 • 

[This book is now out of print.]

Design by Sumet (Ben) Viwatmanitsakul

In the preface to his first book, a lyrical epic on the violent convergences of colonialisms on Guam (Japanese and American), history, family, and language (Chamorro and English), Perez writes: “On some maps, Guam doesn’t exist; I point to an empty space in the Pacific and say, ‘I’m from here.’ On some maps, Guam is a small, unnamed island; I say, ‘I’m from this unnamed place.’ On some maps, Guam is named ‘Guam, U.S.A.’ I say, ‘I’m from a territory of the United States.” On some maps, Guam is named, simply, ‘Guam’; I say, ‘I am from Guam.’” Written in the spirit of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictée and Barbara Jane Reyes’s Poeta en San Francisco, Perez’s book promises to add significantly to a growing canon of Pacific poetries.

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from unincorporated territory is used as required reading at College of Saint Catherine, University of Hawai‘i at M?noa, University of Miami and University of Ohio.

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