(to my wife, nālani
and our 7-month old daughter, kai)
to breathe #...
Added: Friday, January 16, 2015 / From "Hawai'i Review" special online issue, Write for Ferguson. With special thanks to editors Anjoli Roy and No'u Revilla. Excerpted from the poem "understory." Used with permission.
Craig Santos Perez is a native Chamoru (Chamorro) from the Pacific Island of Guåhan (Guam). He is the co-founder of Ala Press, co-star of the poetry album Undercurrent (2011), and author of three collections of poetry, most recently from unincorporated territory [guma’] (2014), which received the American Book Award. His writing explores themes of indigenous identity, militarism, decolonization, food sovereignty, ecological imperialism, migration, and citizenship. He is an Associate Professor in the English Department, and affiliate faculty with the Center for Pacific Islands Studies and the Indigenous Politics Program at the University of Hawaiʻi, Manoa, where he teaches Pacific literature and creative writing. He was a featured poet at Split This Rock Poetry Festival in 2016.