Speculative Sundays Poetry Reading Series Presents Juan Manuel Perez
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About the Event
Speculative Sundays Poetry Reading Series presents the poetry of possibilities, online, for free, via Zoom.
Juan Manuel Pérez, a Mexican-American poet of indigenous descent and the current Poet Laureate for Corpus Christi, Texas (2019-2021), is the author of Another Menudo Sunday (2007), O' Dark Heaven: A Response to Suzette Haden Elgin's Definition of Horror (2009), WUI: Written Under the Influence of Trinidad Sanchez, Jr. (2011), Live From La Pryor: The Poetry of Juan Manuel Perez: A Zavala Country Native Son, Volume 1 (2014), Sex, Lies, and Chupacabras (2015), Space In Pieces (2020), and Screw The Wall! And Other Brown People Poems (2020). He is also the co-editor of The Call Of The Chupacabra (2018) and co-founder of The House of the Fighting Chupacabras Press.
A Pushcart Prize nominee, he was the 2011-2012 San Antonio Poets Association Poet Laureate and the Lone Star State's only lifetime El Chupacabras Poet Laureate.
The former Gourd Dancer for the Memphis Tia Piah Big River Clan Warrior Society is also a SEATTAH Scholar (Striving For Excellence And Accountability In The Teaching Of Traditional American History) through the University Of Dallas.
Juan is a ten-year Navy Corpsman/Combat Marine Medic with experience in the 1991 Persian Gulf War (Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Desert Calm) with the 2nd Marines and the 1992 Hurricane Andrew Relief Marine Air Group Task Force.
A former migrant field worker previously from La Pryor, Juan worships his Creator. Twice awarded Teacher of the Year, Juan teaches public high school history, writes poetry, and chases chupacabras in the Texas Coastal Bend Area.