Jason Magabo Perez

Jason Magabo Perez (CNF, Fiction, Poetry) | San Bernardino, CA

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Dr. Jason Magabo Perez is the author of two hybrid collections of poetry & prose: a chapbook, Phenomenology of Superhero (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2016), & a full-length debut book, This is for the mostless (WordTech Editions, 2017). Perez’s writing has appeared in Witness, TAYO Literary Magazine, Eleven Eleven, Mission at Tenth, vitriol, & The Feminist Wire, & is forthcoming in the edited volume CALIFORNIA DREAMING: Movement & Place in the Asian American Imaginary (University of Hawai’i Press). Perez wrote, developed & performed two live multimedia performance-theatre works: The Passion of El Hulk Hogancito (2009) & You Will Gonna Go Crazy (2011), the latter of which was commissioned by Kularts & funded by a Challenge America Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Formerly a featured artist at the New Americans Museum & community scholar-in-residence at the San Diego Public Library, Perez has performed, lectured, & led & convened dialogues, panels & workshops at various public libraries, community centers, & K-12, college & university classrooms. Additionally, Perez has staged & performed work at notable venues such as the National Asian American Theater Festival, International Conference of the Philippines, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Asian Art Museum, Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture, & La Jolla Playhouse. For nearly a decade, Perez taught writing, performance & ethnic studies at several college & university campuses in San Diego. An alumnus of the Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation Writing Workshops for Writers of Color, Perez holds an M.F.A. in Writing & Consciousness from New College of California & a dual Ph.D. in Communication & Ethnic Studies from University of California, San Diego. Commuting from the traffic jam of West Los Angeles, Perez currently is an Assistant Professor of English/Creative Writing at California State University, San Bernardino.


This is for the mostless (WordTech Editions, 2017). Hybrid. CNF. Poetry. Fiction.


  • Phenomenology of Superhero (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2016). Poetry.

Blurbs, Press & Reviews

“Jason Magabo Perez pulls me into his stories like the ink of a comic book or opening hook. He drops 1972, Redlands, Manila, the smell of eucalyptus, Raid and fried fish, and ain’t no ipis will interrupt this flow. All the aunties, cousins and homies are here, and there’s an earnest, tender urgency in these verses and jagged lines and tangles that refuse to forget. He makes me want to listen.”
—Jai Arun Ravine, author of The Romance of Siam

“When the poet you are reading raises pen to sky and cuts its belly open, revealing river of ancestor hair, uncut, uncombed, rife with angels and stories, and holds it aloft, unsorted, to show you you–historical, non-fictional, truthfully and wholeheartedly loved, shivering silver sardine in the oily tin of our im/migrant story…then the poet you are reading is Jason Magabo Perez, and you are blessed. Read this book like postdated scripture, and be loved.”
—Denizen Kane, Poet/Emcee, Typical Cats

“These poems mark the time of millennial southern California, the time of brown boyhood, the time after death and before birth. ‘A time when we’re beginning to notice that we are so death & so penniless. / So penny-skinned.’ Perez asks how to live in the wake of violence and disconnection and a girl asks the alphabet. A balm of persistence, commemoration becomes a promise of a time beyond time: ‘Today, we’re coloring the king.'”
—Kimberly Alidio, author of After the Projects the Resound

This is for the mostless is a smartly forged momentum and memento, a forward-thinking look back. From one line to the next, Jason Magabo Perez can compel a tear or noisy nostalgia; mostly, we are asked-with the urgency of justice and artful storying-to take all things that happen in our suburbs, cities, and histories deeply and consciously personal.”
—Vejea Jennings, author of Free Lunch

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