BIOGRAPHY

Jason Magabo Perez is a writer, performer, teacher, and scholar. Perez is the author of Phenomenology of Superhero (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2016) and This is for the mostless (WordTech Editions, 2017). Recipient of an NEA Challenge America Grant, Perez has been a featured performer at notable venues such as National Asian American Theatre Festival, International Conference of the Philippines, La Jolla Playhouse, and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. Perez works as Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at California State University San Marcos, and is the current Artist-in-Residence at Center for Art and Thought (CA+T) and inaugural Community Arts Fellow at Bulosan Center.

 



EXTENDED VERSION: Jason Magabo Perez is a writer, performer, teacher, and scholar. Perez is the author of two collections of hybrid poetry and prose: a chapbook, Phenomenology of Superhero (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2016); and a full-length debut book, This is for the mostless (WordTech Editions, 2017). Perez’s prose, poetry, and interviews have also appeared or are forthcoming in Witness, TAYO, Eleven Eleven, Mission at Tenth, VitriolEntropy, Ploughshares Blog, The Feminist Wire, The Operating System, and Faultline. Perez has written, developed, and performed three live multimedia performance works: The Passion of El Hulk Hogancito (2009); You Will Gonna Go Crazy (2011), which was commissioned by Kularts, Inc. and funded by a Challenge America Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts; and Blue Bin Improvisations (2018), which was commissioned and presented by MexiCali Biennial and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. Formerly a featured artist at the New Americans Museum and community scholar-in-residence at the San Diego Public Library, Perez has, for nearly 20 years, performed, delivered keynote addresses, lectured, and convened dialogues, panels, and workshops in public libraries, community centers, and K-12, college, and university classrooms. Perez has been a featured performer at notable venues such as the National Asian American Theatre Festival, International Conference of the Philippines, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and La Jolla Playhouse. For nearly a decade, Perez taught writing, performance, and ethnic studies as adjunct faculty at several college and university campuses in San Diego. An alumnus of the Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation Writing Workshops for Writers of Color, Perez holds an M.F.A. in Writing and Consciousness from New College of California and a dual Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies and Communication from University of California, San Diego. From 2016-2019, Perez worked as Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at California State University, San Bernardino. Perez now works as Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at California State University San Marcos, and is the current Artist-in-Residence at Center for Art and Thought (CA+T) and inaugural Community Arts Fellow at Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies.

 



ARTIST STATEMENT: Blending poetry, prose, performance, film/video, ethnography, and oral history, Perez relentlessly interrogates and experiments with art forms and practices while investigating the historical presence of racial and colonial violence. Of central but not sole concern in Perez’s body of work is the haunting of U.S. v. Narciso and Perez (1977), a court case in which two Filipina migrant nurses, one of whom happens to be Perez’s mother, were framed by the FBI for murder, poisoning, and conspiracy. Exploring this and many other personal and political narratives, Perez’s anti-disciplinary and multimedia body of work, indebted to all things hip hop and deeply influenced by the best and worst of U.S. popular culture, serves as a humble invitation to students, families, and local communities to reclaim and share their own stories. These days, Perez continues to conceptualize and experiment with critical race poetics.

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