M.I.A. October: Craig Santos Perez

2014 bio picWhat is the book (or story) that you are currently working on?

I am working on several projects: a scholarly dissertation on Chamorro literature, my fourth book of poems, a creative biography of my father, and a nonfiction book about food.

What are you currently reading (and why should others be reading it too)?

I am mostly reading texts for the courses I am teaching. These past few weeks, these include Deborah Miranda’s Bad Indians and Douglas Kearney’s The Black Automaton.

What are some upcoming titles in your reading list?

Michael Martinez’s In the Garden of the Bridehouse and Joan Naviyuk Kane’s Hyberboreal.

Who/what inspires your writing?

Everything I read, from literature to the news to social media to nature, inspires my writing. My wife and daughter are also inspirational to me.

What does your writing process entail?

Thinking, handwriting, typing, editing, printing, handwritten edits, re-typing, re-printing, praying.

Who would you like to give a shout out to in the writing community and why?

I want to give a shout out to the students and faculty of the UHM Creative Writing Program!


Author: MIA Honolulu

We are a Honolulu-based literary series featuring local, national, and international writers and artists every third Thursday in Chinatown.

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