Wednesday, March 16


Sonnet at the Edge of the Reef: A Conversation with Dr. Craig Santos Perez

Join the Democrats Abroad AAPI Caucus and the Environment & Climate Crisis Council to hear Dr. Craig Santos Perez read selected works from his latest book of poetry Habitat Threshold. We will also have a discussion about the intersection of poetry, climate change and eco-politics.  

Habitat Threshold was listed as one of ten key books on the 2020 Reading List for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month by both the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLIMP) and Kundiman, a national organisation  dedicated to nurturing generations of writers and readers of Asian American literature.

Joy Harjo, the U.S. Poet Laureate, noted in a 2020 review in the N.Y. Times that Habitat Threshold “is a powerful sequence of poems addressing environmental destruction and how it is associated with racial and cultural hatred and injustice.” 

The collection of poems begins with the birth of his daughter and his fears for her future. The poems consider the impact of environmental racism and injustice, global capitalism, toxic waste, water pollution, species extinction, war, refugees, climate change and love.

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About the Author

Dr. Perez is an Indigenous CHamoru from the Pacific Island of Guahan (Guam). He is an award winning poet, scholar, essayist, artist and environmental activist. He is also a Professor in the English Department and an Affiliate Faculty with the Center for Pacific Islands Studies & The Indigenous Politics Program at the University of Hawai’i Manoa, where he teaches creative writing, eco-poetry and Pacific literature. He is the author of five books of poetry, including his most recent, Habitat Threshold. 

Dr. Perez’ research focuses on intersectional cultural and literary analyses within the fields of CHamoru studies, Pacific Island Studies, Native American studies, and decolonial studies. In addition to his books of poetry, his most recent academic monograph Navigating CHamoru Poetry: Indigeneity, Aesthetics and Decolonisation explores how CHamoru poetry has been an inspiring and empowering act of protest, resistance, and testimony in the decolonization, demilitarization and environmental justice movements in Guam.

Participants may order Dr. Perez’ book Habitat Threshold directly via Omnidawn ahead of the session.


Hawaii 7:00pm, Tuesday, March 15
Berlin 6:00am, Wednesday, March 16
Singapore 1:00pm, Wednesday, March 16
Seoul 2:00pm, Wednesday, March 16
Sydney 4:00pm, Wednesday, March 16



Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at 01:00 PM Singapore Time


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