Christopher Rey Pérez
Christopher Rey Pérez is a poet working from within a matrix of opaque folklore, violence, and language in order to incorporate the liminality of a type of “border thinking” he has experienced and witnessed throughout his life. His published works of poetry and fiction in English and Spanish include On the heels of our enemies, 427-375, regeneración, an untitled collaboration with Barbara Ess, El Siete Machos, REYNOSA, andCompendio palestino-puertorriqueño en proceso. His book, gauguin's notebook, received the 2015 Madeleine P. Plonsker Prize from Lake Forest College. Other writings appear in magazines such as Shoppinghour, The Brooklyn Rail, diSONARE, Fanzine, and Makhzin. Since 2012, he has edited a nomadic publication in, of, and around Latin America, called Dolce Stil Criollo, which has exhibited at artbook venues, such as Material Art Fair in Mexico City, Mochi-LA in Los Angeles, Feira Plana in São Paulo, among other places. Christopher is a graduate of the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College and a former Visiting Lecturer at al-Quds Bard College for Arts & Sciences in Palestine. Currently, he is a 2017-18 La Práctica fellow with Beta-Local in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he is experimenting with novelistic processes that explore how translation reveals an encounter of colonial projections mapped onto personal and collective traumas. He is originally from the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.