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Maps, Oceans, Otherwise

Poetry Reading

Saturday, July 9, 2022, 4:00 pm

In conjunction with A Thousand Secrets

Explore the poetic meanings and mediations of oceanic worlds, Chamoru poet Craig Santos Perez will read selections from Habitat Threshold (2020), and poet Aracelis Girmay will read from The Black Maria (2016).

The readings and subsequent discussion with the curator will explore themes of migration, belonging, militarization, and ecology informed by relational world-views of the Atlantic and Pacific.

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Craig Santos Perez is an indigenous Chamoru from the Pacific Island of Guam. He is the co-editor of six anthologies and the author of five poetry collection and the monograph Navigating Chamoru Poetry: Indigeneity, Aesthetics, and Decolonization (2022). He is a professor in the English department, and an affiliate faculty with the Center for Pacific Islands Studies and the Indigenous Politics Program, at the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa.

Aracelis Girmay is the author of three poetry collections, most recently the black maria (BOA Editions, 2016). She writes poems, essays, and literature for very young people, and for her work was a finalist for the Neustadt International Prize for Literature. She curated How to Carry Water: Selected Poems of Lucille Clifton (BOA Editions, 2021). girmay is the editor-at-large for the Blessing the Boats Selections and is on the editorial board of the African Poetry Book Fund.