Chamorro Poet Craig Santos Perez Wins American Book Award

Chamorro Poet Craig Santos Perez born and raised on Guam won a 2015 American Book Award for his latest poetry book titled “from unincorporated territory [guma’]”

The Before Columbus Foundation’s Thirty-Sixth Annual American Book Awards were created to provide recognition for outstanding literary achievement. Perez also wrote two other poetry books Hacha in 2008 and Saina in 2010.

Perez says his love for writing comes from his love of storytelling. He says, through poetry, he is able to share stories about the Chamorro culture and history with migration, militarism, and colonialism. Craig works as an Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa, where he teaches creative writing and Pacific literature.

Perez will be one of the American Book Award winners who will be formally recognized on Sunday, October 25th at the San Francisco Jazz Center. This event is open to the public.