Craig Santos Perez


Craig Santos Perez

Craig Santos Perez is a native Chamoru (Chamorro originally from the Pacific Island of Guahan (Guam). He is the co-founder of Ala Press, co-editor of two anthologies Chamoru Childhood (2009) and Home Islands (2015), co-star of the poetry album Undercurrent (2011), and the author of three poetry books: from unincorporated territory [hacha] (2008) and from unincorporated territory [saina] (2010), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry and the winner of the PEN Center USA/Poetry Society of America Literary Award, and from unincorporated territory [guma'] (2014), winner of the American Book Award 2015. Craig has performed his work in Europe, Russia, the United States, and the Pacific. He earned an MFA in Poetry from the University of San Francisco, and an MA and Ph.D. in Comparative Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. He is also an affiliate faculty with the Center for Pacific Islands Studies and the Indigenous Politics Program.

Areas of Interest

Pacific Islander and Native American Literature and Theory, Indigenous Studies, American and International Poetry and Poetics, Postcolonial Literature and Theory, Decolonizing Methodologies, Ethnic and Cultural Studies, Food Writing, Environmental Literatures and Eco-Poetics


  • American Book Award, 2015
  • PEN Center USA/Poetry Society of America Literary Award, 2011
  • Los Angeles Times Book Prize (Poetry), Finalist, 2011
  • Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship, 2009-2012
  • Poets & Writers California Writers Exchange Award, 2010


  • PhD (Ethnic Studies), University of California, Berkeley
  • MA (Ethnic Studies), University of California, Berkeley
  • MFA (Poetry), University of San Francisco
  • BA (Literature and Creative Writing), University of Redlands


Spring Semester 2017
  • ENG-410: Form and Theory of Poetry
  • ENG-613B: Poetry Writing Workshop: Crafting the Poetry Manuscript

Fall Semester 2016
  • ENG-371: Literature of the Pacific
  • ENG-411: Poetry Workshop