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Dr. Craig Santos Perez

Award-Winning Poet and Professor of English at the University of Hawai‘i

Dr. Craig Santos Perez, award-winning poet and professor of English at the University of Hawai?i, Manoa. In his words, “My work is deeply influenced by Chamorro aesthetics in particular, and indigenous aesthetics in general, in which much art, architecture, weaving, tattooing, etc., employ symmetrical and repeating patterns. The same is true for many indigenous oral…

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Dr. Craig Santos Perez, award-winning poet and professor of English at the University of Hawai?i, Manoa. In his words, “My work is deeply influenced by Chamorro aesthetics in particular, and indigenous aesthetics in general, in which much art, architecture, weaving, tattooing, etc., employ symmetrical and repeating patterns. The same is true for many indigenous oral narratives. At the same time, there are also moments of variation within the repeating patterns.” “Much of my eco-poetry is engaged with “solastalgia,” which refers to a nostalgia for a place that is being environmentally degraded. So it’s not about desiring an ideal nature, but instead a mourning and desire to protect our lands and water from further desecration. In terms of my political poetry, I think it is more so grounded in witness, protest, and resistance. What this work desires is not a past ideal political situation, but instead it longs and advocates for a decolonized, sovereign, and indigenous future.”

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