Dr. Jason Magabo Perez writes, performs, and teaches. Perez is the author of two hybrid collections of 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 writing has appeared in Witness, TAYO, Eleven Eleven, Mission at Tenth, vitriol, and The Feminist Wire. Perez’s body of work also includes three live multimedia theatre and 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, and an independently produced spoken word hip hop album titled Yesterday Mourning (2003). A founding member of the Freedom Writers Spoken Word Collective, formerly a featured artist at the New Americans Museum and community scholar-in-residence at the San Diego Public Library, Perez has, over the past 15 years, performed, lectured, and led and convened dialogues, panels, and workshops in public libraries, community centers, and K-12, college, and university classrooms. Additionally, Perez has performed 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, International Hotel Manilatown Center, San Francisco Public Library, Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture, Galoka, and La Jolla Playhouse. For nearly a decade, Perez taught writing, performance, and ethnic studies at several college and university campuses throughout San Diego. An alumnus of the VONA Writing Workshops for Writers of Color, Perez holds a B.A. in Political Science from University of California, San Diego, an M.F.A. in Writing and Consciousness from New College of California, and a dual Ph.D. in Communication and Ethnic Studies from University of California, San Diego. Currently, Perez is an Assistant Professor of English/Creative Writing at California State University, San Bernardino.
Perez’s interdisciplinary and multimedia body of work—a blend of fiction, essay, poetry, performance, film/video, ethnography, and oral history—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 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 communities to craft their own stories with a deep sense of urgency, social responsibility, and self-determination.
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