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Dr. Craig Santos Perez is a native Chamoru (Chamorro) from the Pacific Island of Guåhan (Guam). He is a poet, scholar, editor, activist, essayist, critic, and book reviewer.

He is the co-founder of Ala Press (the only publisher in the US dedicated to Pacific literature), co-star of the spoken word audio book Undercurrent (2011), editor of two anthologies of Pacific literature, and author of three books of poetry: from unincorporated territory [hacha] (2008), from unincorporated territory [saina] (2010), finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and winner of the Pen Center USA/Poetry Society of America Literary Prize 2011, and from unincorporated territory [guma’] (2014), winner of the American Book Award 2015 from the Before Columbus Foundation.

In 2016, he received the prestigious Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship, and in 2017, he received the Hawai’i Literary Arts Council Elliot Cades Literary Award for an established writer, the most prestigious literary prize in Hawaiʻi.

He serves on the editorial boards of Sun Tracks, an indigenous literature series with the University of Arizona Press, and The Contemporary Pacific, an academic journal of Pacific Islands Studies published by the University of Hawaiʻi Press.

Craig works as an Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa, where he teaches creative writing and Pacific literature. He is affiliate faculty with the Center of Pacific Islands Studies and the Indigenous Politics Program. He co-curates the Native Voices Reading and Lecture Series, the Chamorro Studies Speaker Series, and the New Oceania Literary Series. He is a participating scholar in the Asia-Pacific Observatory, a project in collaboration with the Humanities for the Environment.Craig earned a B.A. from the University of Redlands (2002), an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco (2006), and an MA (2009) and Ph.D. (2015) in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2016, Craig received the University of Hawaiʻi Chancellors’ Citation for Meritorious Teaching.

In 2010, the Guam Legislature passed Resolution No. 315-30, recognizing and commending Craig “as an accomplished poet who has been a phenomenal ambassador for our island, eloquently conveying through his words, the beauty and love that is the Chamorro culture.”

Craig Santos Perez MFA ’06 is a 2015 winner of the American Book Award for his poetry collection from unincorporated territory [guma’], about his home island of Guam.


University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa faculty page



Poetry Foundation

Academy of American Poets

Asia-Pacific Observatory (Humanities for the Environment)



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