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Juan Manuel Perez

Haiku No. 97, poem, Issue 19, June 1, 2012

Juan Manuel Perez, a Mexican-American poet from La Pryor, Texas, 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), and six poetry chapbooks. Juan is also the 2011-2012 Poet Laureate for the San Antonio Poets Association. His poetry has also appeared in New TexasConcho River Review, The Langdon Review Of The Arts In TexasThe Mayo ReviewWriters Of The Rio Grande.ComHomenaje A Miguel Hernandez En Su CentenarioDesahogateBoundless, International Poetry Review, and numerous other publications.

Get to know Jual...

Birthdate? December 20, 1968
When did you start writing? I started writing love poems in middle school in the early 80's. Didn't work out!
When and what and where did you first get published? My first published poem "Summer" appeared in a poetry anthology two years after highschool in 1989. My first paid "gig" was for Starline: The Journal For The Science Fiction Poetry Association in 2007.
What themes do you like to write about? I write in a variety of themes which include: Science Fiction, Horror, Chupacabras, Food, Native Americanism, Mexican-Americanism, Comic Books, Immigration/Field Labor...and anything else that comes to mind.
What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? The books that have resonated with me are actually (start with) comic books like Marvel's Spiderman and DC's Batman from which I learned to read in English by the 2nd grade (Spanish is my first language), as well as everything by Warren Publications like Vampirella, Eerie, Creepy, 1984/1994 and much of the Skywald group of horror. Other classics include 1984, Frankenstein, and any science fiction from Asimov to Clarke to Wells to many others. My reading has also involved classics like Iliad, Odyssey, Aenid, anything by Socrates, Plato, Aristotle as well as other history/government foundation books of the Enlightment/Renaissance period. Not to forget a very strong foundation in Chicano Poetry like Trinidad Sanchez, Jr., Carmen Tafolla, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Raul Salinas, Francisco X. Alarcon, Corky Gonzalez and into contemporary horror masters like Joe R. Lansdale...and I could go on and on. The point is I read anything and everything. All of it you will find in my poetry.  

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