“Climate poetry can humanize data and give us the human voice behind everything that’s happening,” Craig Santos Perez writes. “I try to capture that range. It’s hard to feel despair and anger all the time.”
Sonnet at the Edge of the Reef: A Conversation with Dr. Craig Santos Perez
Thursday, September 23rd, 2021
6pm EDT / 3pm PDT / 12pm HST
Part of our series of Convos.
Craig Santos Perez is an indigenous Chamoru (Chamorro) from the Pacific Island of Guåhan (Guam). He is a poet, scholar, editor, publisher, essayist, critic, book reviewer, artist, environmentalist, and political activist. Alongside teaching at the University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa, where he is Professor of English, and publishing scholarly work on indigenous aesthetics, he has authored two spoken word poetry albums, Undercurrent (2011) and Crosscurrent (2017), and five books of poetry: from unincorporated territory [hacha] (2008), from unincorporated territory [saina] (2010), from unincorporated territory [guma’] (2014), from unincorporated territory [lukao] (2017), and Habitat Threshold (2020). His work has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, and Spanish. He has received numerous awards including the Pen Center USA/Poetry Society of America Literary Prize (2011), the American Book Award (2015), and a gold medal Nautilus Book Award (2021).
On Thursday September 23rd, 6PM EDT, Dr. Perez shared readings of his work and discussed the poetry of a warming planet. How might poetry allow us to experience climate grief, anger, or fear in ways not entirely available through data-oriented approaches? How might it work as a kind of sensing technology or even design thinking in its own right?
You can find a video recording of the event here.
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