BIOGRAPHY

SHORTER VERSION: Jason Magabo 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 performed at notable venues such as the National Asian American Theatre Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. 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 served as Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at California State University, San Bernardino. Currently, Perez serves as Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at California State University, San Marcos.

LONGER VERSION: Jason Magabo 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 in Witness, TAYO, Eleven Eleven, Mission at Tenth, VitriolEntropy, Ploughshares Blog, and The Feminist Wire. 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 performed 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 served as Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at California State University, San Bernardino. Currently, Perez serves as Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at California State University, San Marcos.



ARTIST’S STATEMENT: Blending poetry, prose, performance, film/video, ethnography, and oral history, Perez relentlessly interrogates and experiments with art forms and practices while critically commenting on issues of race, gender, class, state violence, colonization, immigration, memory, and 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, and conspiracy. Exploring this and many other personal and political narratives, Perez’s interdisciplinary 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. Presently, Perez continues to conceptualize and experiment with critical race poetics.

(PHOTO CREDIT, ABOVE: BLAKE SCHILLING/CSUSM)
(ILLUSTRATION CREDIT, RIGHT: CAL TABUENA-FROLLI)
(LOGO DESIGN, LEFT: DIANNE QUE)