Craig Santos Perez: On Colonization & Environment

Perez Photo 225x150 Craig Santos Perez: On Colonization & EnvironmentCraig Santos Perez is a native Chamorro from the Pacific island of Guam. Much of his work focuses on the continuing effects, and environmental impacts, of colonization. Perez is the author of four poetry books and the co-editor of four anthologies. He has received the Pen Center USA/Poetry Society of America Literary Prize, the American Book Award, and the Lannan Foundation fellowship. Perez is a professor at the University of Hawai’i, where he teaches Pacific literature and eco-poetry.

Poetry & Planet is produced by Ethan Goffman. Linda Hogan’s “Turtle Watcher” and William Wordsworth’s “The World Is Too Much With Us” are read by R. Michael Oliver. Musical excerpts from “Elements of Life” and “Earth Revisited” are written and performed by Reginald Cyntje, with vocals by Christie Dashiell. Aural interludes are by Douglas Harvey.

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The opening poetry chorus is voiced by Jomo K. Johnson, Dr. Michael Anthony Ingram, Marianne Szlyk, and R. Michael Oliver.

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