Dr. Jason Magabo Perez is the author of two hybrid collections of poetry & prose: a chapbook, Phenomenology of Superhero (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2016), & a full-length debut book, This is for the mostless (WordTech Editions, 2017). Perez’s writing has appeared in Witness, TAYO Literary Magazine, Eleven Eleven, Mission at Tenth, vitriol, & The Feminist Wire, & is forthcoming in the edited volume CALIFORNIA DREAMING: Movement & Place in the Asian American Imaginary (University of Hawai’i Press). Perez wrote, developed & performed two live multimedia performance-theatre works: The Passion of El Hulk Hogancito (2009) & You Will Gonna Go Crazy (2011), the latter of which was commissioned by Kularts & funded by a Challenge America Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Formerly a featured artist at the New Americans Museum & community scholar-in-residence at the San Diego Public Library, Perez has performed, lectured, & led & convened dialogues, panels & workshops at various public libraries, community centers, & K-12, college & university classrooms. Additionally, Perez has staged & performed work at notable venues such as the National Asian American Theater Festival, International Conference of the Philippines, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Asian Art Museum, Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture, & La Jolla Playhouse. For nearly a decade, Perez taught writing, performance & ethnic studies at several college & 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 & Consciousness from New College of California & a dual Ph.D. in Communication & Ethnic Studies from University of California, San Diego. Currently, Perez is Assistant Professor of English at California State University, San Bernardino.
Perez’s interdisciplinary & multimedia body of work—a blend of poetry, prose, performance, film/video, ethnography, & oral history—relentlessly interrogates & experiments with art forms & practices while critically commenting on issues of race, gender, class, state violence, colonization, immigration, memory, & intimacy. 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 & conspiracy. Exploring this & many other personal & political narratives, Perez’s body of work, indebted to all things hip hop & deeply influenced by the best & worst of U.S. popular culture, serves as a humble invitation to students, families & communities to craft their own stories with a deep sense of urgency, social & ethical responsibility, & self-determination.
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