Juan M. Perez


Texas US

Author's Bio

Juan Manuel Pérez, a Mexican-American poet of indigenous descent and the Poet Laureate for Corpus Christi, Texas (2019-2020), is the author of Another Menudo Sunday (2007), O' Dark Heaven: A Response to Suzette Haden Elgin's Definition of Horror (2009), WUI: Written Under the Influence of Trinidad Sanchez, Jr. (2011), Live From La Pryor: The Poetry of Juan Manuel Perez: A Zavala Country Native Son, Volume 1 (2014), Sex, Lies, and Chupacabras (2015), Space In Pieces (2020), and Screw The Wall! And Other Brown People Poems (2020), Thirty Years Ago: Life and The First Gulf War (2023), as well as, the co-editor of The Call Of The Chupacabra (2018). He is the 2011-2012 San Antonio Poets Association Poet Laureate and the Lone Star State's only EL Chupacabras Poet Laureate (For Life). The former Gourd Dancer for the Memphis Tia Piah Big River Clan Warrior Society is also a Pushcart Prize Nominee as well as a SEATTAH Scholar (Striving For Excellence And Accountability In The Teaching Of Traditional American History) through the University Of Dallas. Juan is a ten-year Navy Corpsman/Combat Marine Medic with experience in the 1991 Persian Gulf War (Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Desert Calm) with the 2nd Marines and the 1992 Hurricane Andrew Relief Marine Air Group Task Force.  This two-time Teacher of the Year, along with his wife, Malia (a three-time Teacher of the Year), is a co-founder of The House of the Fighting Chupacabras Press. The former migrant field worker previously from La Pryor, currently, worships his Creator, teaches public high school history, writes poetry, and chases chupacabras in the Texas Coastal Bend Area.

He has been a featured reader at many poetry venues in Texas and across the country. He is available for readings anywhere within reason.

Juan writes poetry on a variety of subjects like Mexican-American/Native American life, comic books, science fiction, horror, and food. His individual poems have aappeared in to many anthologies, websites, etc to list.

Aside from poetry, Juan has done stage acting, independent films, and voice over audio plays.

See some work at the following sites:

http://www.thehorrorzine.com/Poetry/August 2009 Poetry.html http://www.vacpoetry.org/blueberryrain/2... See some articles: http://www.lapryor.net/vnews/display.v/A... Home Site: http://juanmperez.com/

Publications & Prizes

And Now The Nightmare Begins (Bear Manor Media, 2010)
Di-verse-city (Austin International Poetry Festival Anthology, 2009)
Voices Along the River (Images In Print, 2009)
Illumen Vol. IV, No. 2 (Sam's Dot Publishing, 2008)
International Poetry Review Spring, 2008 (International Poetry Review, 2008)
Star*Line Jan/Feb 31.1 (Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association, 2008)
Di-verse-city (Austin International Poetry Festival Anthology, 2007)
Voices Along the River (Pelican Poetry Press, 2007)
Di-verse-city (Austin International Poetry Festival Anthology, 2006)
The Horror Zine, August 2009
The Poet Magazine Vol. 7, No. 2
Voices de la Luna Vol. 1, No. 2 Dec. 2008
Voices de la Luna Vol. 1, No. 3 March 2009
Prizes won: 

Best Comic Book Poetry, People's Comic Book Newsletter (2005) 2nd Runner Up, Poet Laureate Competition, San Antonio Poetry Association (2009) Second Prize, Billie Stroud Appreciate Award, San Antonio Poetry Festival (2009) First Prize, Heritage Award in Poetry, San Antonio Poetry Festival (2009) Second Prize for Poetry, Creative Arts Southwest Texas Junior College (2009) 1st Place for Poetry, December 2009, SAPA (2009) Second Prize in Poetry, Austin International Poetry Festival (2010) 2nd Runner Up, Poet Laureate Competition, San Antonio Poetry Association (2010), Corpus Christi Poet Laureate 2019-2020

More Information

Gives readings: 
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Identifies as: 
Mexican, Native American
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Fluent in: 
English, Spanish
Born in: 
Crystal City, TX
Raised in: 
La Pryor, TX
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Last update: Jul 27, 2023