My name is Christopher Rey Pérez. I was born on September 7th or 9th in the year 1987 and raised along these coordinates, 26 11'6"N 98 7'4"W, which make up part of the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas, a region a few miles from the Mexican state of Tamaulipas.
I am a poet working from within a matrix of opaque folklore, violence, and language in an attempt to incorporate the liminality of a type of "border thinking" I have experienced and witnessed throughout my life. After having had the opportunity to live, work, and write in Mexico, the Occupied West Bank of Palestine, and other countries, my writing has evolved to include the investigation and address of borders as a subject-constituting condition rooted in the coloniality of the global periphery.
Some of my writing that's representative of these concerns includes a small chapbook with a few drawings that I published with 98Editions of Beirut in 2012, a 2015 chapbook of writings and photographs I published with LIKE Editorial of Mexico City, a 2016 artist book in collaboration with the artist Barbara Ess that was released for the occasion of an exhibition at 321 Gallery in Brooklyn, a book that composes a book collection from Nicosia, Cyprus, an electronic publication on border theatrics published in Canada, and a recently published risograph-printed story that is also translated to Portuguese. My first "full-length" book was published on March 15, 2017. Titled gauguin's notebook, it writes through Gauguin's Tahitian journal as a way of investigating current-day affective structures along the border vis-a-vis Gauguin's colonialist production in Tahiti.
Other writings that appear in disparate outlets can be viewed here, if appearing as printed matter, or from my news page, if they appear online. Among these writings are a set of art writings for Intelligentsia Gallery in Beijing.
Collaboration plays a large part in how I choose to shape my writing community, and this has led me to create a small publication of art and literature of the Americas, called Dolce Stil Criollo, that I co-edit with my friend, Gabriel Finotti. Nomadic, multi-lingual, and independent, Dolce Stil Criollo is a project we began in 2013. You can read about it here.
And if you would like to know more about me, you could always take a look at my chronology or write me at christopherreyperez (at) gmail (dot) com.
5.4.18 WHY POETRY NOW
I have a brief text up for the Critics Page of the April edition of The Brooklyn Rail. Edited by Ann Lauterbach, she posed the question, "Why poetry now," to a number of poets, including Matvei Yankelevich, Mel Elberg, Jason Labbe, Michael Palmer, Richard Deming, Martha Ronk, Fanny Howe, Dan Beachy-Quick, Carla Harryman, Anselm Berrigan, Charles North, and me.
4.4.18 El Siete Machos Availability
My publication, El Siete Machos, is now available for purchase and international shipping from Sometimes Always.
3.21.18 El Siete Machos
A new publication titled El Siete Machos is available from Sometimes Always who have a table at Feira Plana in São Paulo, Brazil, throughout the dates of March 23 to March 25. The design and publishing house will also be selling copies of the 2nd and 3rd issues of Dolce Stil Criollo. El Siete Machos composes one chapter from a novela I'm writing titled, A Spanish Translation of Hayy Ibn Yaqzan.
My project, REYNOSA, is in an electronic chapbook form and downloadable from The Elephants for free. REYNOSA chronicles a 5-day period during which I crossed the McAllen-Hidalgo-Reynosa International bridge on a daily basis in order to write in and around Reynosa's main plaza once every hour for 8hrs.
14.3.18 The Reading Room at Fold Gallery
Fold Gallery hosts on March 14th-15th 4:30-7:00 PM the Reading Room at the College of Architecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The Reading Room presents diverse encounters with architecture through alternative publications that include Friendly Fire, Log, CARTHA, Dirty Furniture, CLOG, Gratuitous Type, San Rocco, MONU, Real Review, Wash, and Product Placement. Dolce Stil Criollo will take part in the exhibition.
27.2.18 Rare Pepes
The Poetry Project has published a one-page excerpt from the work-in-progress I read on February 16th. Tentatively titled Rare Pepes in Tepito, the work uses the 1960 film, Pepe, as a starting point for looking at issues of labor, race, class, and the human in Tepito market, Mexico, and Hollywood.
12.2.18 Pratt MFA Visit
On February 14th, I will be a visiting author at Pratt's MFA in Writing program. I will read from my book, gauguin's notebook, and discuss issues it raises, some of which are location/dislocation, border-thinking, and creating an archive of personal reference and relation. The reading is at 4 p.m. and open to the public. It will take place at Pratt's MFA in Writing Community Space.
15.1.18 Reading at the Poetry Project
On February 16th, I will be reading at the Poetry Project in Manhattan with Pedro Neves Marques. I look forwarding to reading from a new project titled "Rare Pepes."
2.1.18 A Book of Small Things at the Benaki Museum
Panayiotis Michael will present "A Book of Small Things" at The Benaki Museum in Athens on February 3rd from 1-4 in the afternoon. "A Book of Small Things" is a publishing project by Panayiotis Michael, featuring 9 individual books by writers from different backgrounds and contexts. My book regeneración forms part of the project.
24.11.17 Dolce Stil Criollo 3 Worldwide Shipping
The third issue of a publication I edit, Dolce Stil Criollo, is now available for sale from the Brazilian design studio, Sometimes Always. Worldwide shipping's offered, and the issue itself costs 30 Brazilian reais.
Dolce Stil Criollo will take part in MOCHI-LA, a project between diSONARE and ANTEPROJECTS that composes a traveling backpack of curated publications from Latin American and Latino publishers. Designed the travel around the U.S., the first events will occur on the 10th and 12th of November, 2017 at the project space COMPANY in Northeast Minneapolis and at OOGA BOOGA at 356 Mission in Los Angeles.
16.10.17 PaperWorks 2017 Reschedule
Due to the earthquake that hit Mexico City, PaperWorks 2017 has been rescheduled for November 11th and 12th.
17.9.17 PaperWorks 2017, Feria del Libro
Dolce Stil Criollo will exhibit its 3rd issue, "Tropical Opacity," at the book fair PaperWorks 2017 on September 23-24th in Mexico City, Mexico. The event will take place at the Museo Tamayo and will feature a series of workshops, lectures, presentations, as well as a reading room.
16.9.17 Dolce Stil Criollo 3 - Tropical Opacity - Lançamento Brasil
Dolce Stil Criollo 3 will launch at Galeria Vermelho on September 28th in São Paulo, Brazil. Gabriel Finotti and I have been working on the 3rd issue for two years. After a NYC release at the Brazilian design event Bonde, we're pleased to see this issue launch in Brazil, where it's printed. The 3rd issue explores how “tropical opacity” is a political mode of being that acknowledges the constructed nature of the tropical as nothing more than a pedagogical opportunity for its own re-imagining. Contributors include Maurício Ianês, Angélica Freitas, WAI Architecture Think Tank, Marwa Arsanios, Jonathas de Andrade, Debora Delmar Corp, Leonardo Finotti, Hick Duarte, Ricardo Domeneck, Rafael Uriegas, Mauricio Marcín, Maru Calva, plus translators Hilary Kaplan, Fred Spada, Diego Gerard, & a special translation of Édouard Glissant's "For Opacity" translated into Spanish by 90+ artists and writers that I curated along with co-curators Xel-Ha López Méndez, Daniela Camacho, Joseph Reiter, Óscar David López, Jorge Alejandro Vargas Prado, Cecilia Lopez, Nicole Delgado, Sebastián Realini, & Lucía Hinojosa.
4.9.17 BAD PEACE
I will have a week of poems from the project Reynosa in a zine for BAD PEACE/SOMBRES TEMPS at Short Theatre in Rome, Italy. The zine is part of a series of live performances and radio shows from September 8th-16th. The festival includes Leo Non Cabbo, Bob Junior, Emilia Verginelli, Paolo Camellini, Michele Moi, Francesca Corona, Giulia NeverDies, Lorenza Accardo, Simone Tso, Mauricio Torrealta , Rainbow Island, Marco Caizzi, Simne Donadni, Mauro Bertarelli, Grip Casino, Steve Pepe, Marco Casu, Francisco de Aquiles, ACCHIAPPASHPIRT, Stefano Di Trapani, Jonida Prifti, KAWAMURA Gun kawamuragun, Holy Pieces, Marco Bonini, Ambra Chiara Michelangeli, Francesca Morello, RYF, Antonio Tricoli, Mai Mai Mai, Armelle Oberle , Olivier Deux Mos, Heimat, MariaViolenza, Totò Termini, DJ BUMBO, as rom, Raniero Berardinelli, Francesca Grossi, YôGô Trenô, Giannllorenzo Narddi, Punx23, and more.
22.7.17 Bonde NYC
Dolce Stil Criollo's third issue, "Tropical Opacity," launches today at Bonde, an event dedicated to Brazilian design in Brooklyn, NY. Dolce's third issue explores how "tropical opacity" is a political mode of being that acknowledges the constructed nature of the tropical as nothing more than a pedagogical opportunity for its own re-imagining. It's contributors include Angélica Freitas, Debora Delmar Corp., Hick Duarte, Jonathas De Andrade, Leonardo Finotti, Marwa Arsanios, Maurício Ianês, Mauricio Marcín and Maru Calva, Rafael Uriegas, Ricardo Domeneck, and WAI Architecture Think Tank. Dolce Stil Criollo is designed by Gabriel Finotti of Sometimes-Always Studios and edited by me. We hope to have the issue distributed to various locations shortly.
6.7.17 You really know where you are. For the first time in history
Intelligentsia Gallery, with Unicorn Centre for Art in Beijing, China presents "You really know where you are. For the first time in history" on July 15th, 2017. A work of mine, [forum], will take part in the exhibition, alongside works by Chen Wei, Li Zhengde, Tianzhuo Chen, Sebastian Alonso Bessonart, Lin Ke, Ada Sokol, Camille Ayme, Ju Anqi, Cristina Tufiño, Alessandro Rolandi, Jason Mena, Lena Tsibizova, Olga Rodina, Anastasia Soboleva, Oliver Haidutschek, Ophelia S. Chan, Ma Yongfeng, Laurent Segretier, Robbin Heyker, Tong Kunniao, Fala Atelier, Andreas Angelidakis, GANKO, Jeff Miller & Drew Miligan, Garcia Frankowski, Robbin Heyker and more.
4.6.17 Dolce Stil Criollo 2
A messy edition of Dolce Stil Criollo 2 is available from Brazilian design studio and research platform, Sometimes-Always. The edition's "messy" because it's the product of 50 extra copies of the publication that were bound in a wrong but interesting order.
The first post of a year-long project in collaboration with Sometimes Always is up, featuring works by Ed Steck (excerpt from An Interface for a Fractal Landscape) and Tala Zeitawi (selections from The In-Between), along with some culled images from Claude Lévi-Strauss' "Tristes Tropiques." Conceptualized as an open work-in-progress, next month the post will be updated to include my annotations of these images, which respond to the broad theme of borders.
29.5.17 Edit: Encuentro de Gestión Editorial Independiente
During June 8-10, 2017 I will be attending Edit: Encuentro de Gestión Editorial Independiente in San Juan, Puerto Rico to talk about Dolce Stil Criollo and "book-project" publishing. The event is in coordination with Beta Local and La Impresora of San Juan, Puerto Rico and will feature three days of panels, talks, and workshops surrounding independent publishing.
26.5.17 Terra Mediterranea: In Action
On the 27th of May, from 12:00-20:00, NiMAC, in collaboration with Panayiotis Michael, will present "A Book of Small Things," for which I have a contribution titled "regeneración." The book collection has featured in various exhibitions for Terra Mediterranea: In Action, of which this presentations is part.
10.5.17 diSONARE 6
diSONARE will launch its 6th issue at the Jardín Sonoro of the Fonoteca Nacional in Coyoacán of Mexico City. My text, Una semana de notas después de una anábasis de la Ciudad de México, appears in the issue and completes a triptych for the magazine that began in issue 4.
9.4.17 El Quincenal
diSONARE's semimonthly blog, El Quincenal, presents my text, Murmurs of Earth, which was originally comissioned for Peter Eramian's exhibition, Here's to my sweet Satan.
1.4.17 The Brooklyn Rail
"Questionnaire" and "Friday" from Reynosa appear in the April edition of the Brooklyn Rail, alongside Mike Hauser, Tony Leuzzi, Elaine Kahn, Sho Sugita, Alice Notley, Nick Sturm, and Brenda Coultas. "Questionnaire" appears in my recently published book, gauguin's notebook.
28.3.17 Terra Mediterranea: In Action
Paphos2017 in Paphos and Nicosia, Cyprus will present an iteration of Terra Mediterranea: In Action on April, 7th, 2017. Panayiotis Michael's curated book collection, "A Book of Small Things," for which I have a contribution titled "regeneración," will appear as part of the exhibition.
7.3.17 gauguin's notebook
My book, gauguin's notebook, which was the recipient of the 2014-15 Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writer's Residency Prize, will be available March 15, 2017. You can purchase a copy from Amazon, Powell's, Northwestern University Press, and other sites, bookstores, and shops. The book is endorsed by Roberto Tejada, Joyelle McSweeney, and Anselm Berrigan.
19.10.16 Here's to My Sweet Satan
Volks Project of Nicosia, Cyprus presents "Here's to My Sweet Satan," an exhibition on November 24th, 2016 by Peter Eramian with a book launch featuring texts by Marina Kassianidou, Evagoras Vanezis, Emiddio Vasquez, and me. My piece, "Murmurs of Earth," will be published in the book.
4.9.16 Terra Mediterranea: In Action
Halle 14 in Leipzig, Germany presents Terra Mediterranea: In Action, an exhibition curated by Michael Arzt and Yiannis Toumazis. Panayiotis Michael's curated book collection, "A Book of Small Things," for which I have a contribution titled "regeneración," will appear as part of the exhibition.
15.8.16 A Book of Small Things
Panayiotis Michael has edited and published a book collection of nine writers from different places of visual and writerly background. Collectively titled "A Book of Small Things," my entry, titled "regeneración," is part translation, dérive, and diary entry all at once. Currently, the book collection can be found at Moufflon Bookshop in Nicosia, Cyprus.
4.7.16 Phantom Bodies
26.5.16 Con Cariño
The Sunview Luncheonette of Brooklyn, NY hosts Con Cariño, a reading with Charity Coleman, Will Heinrich, Nick Keys and me on June 2nd, 2016. I will be reading excerpts from "from The Poetic Bureau of Erotic Positionality Within the Global Periphery."
25.4.16 Hypertext Photographs
Intelligentsia Gallery has put up several photographs from the opening of "Hypertext." My work, [forum], appearing as 29 printed A4 sheets, bound by two binder clips and hung on a wall, composes part of the works from this group exhibition.
18.4.16 Form Is a Habit-Forming Drug
Intelligentsia Gallery of Beijing, China presents "Form Is a Habit-Forming Drug" on April 23rd, 2016. An artist-book I created for the occasion of the exhibition, titled "from The Poetic Bureau of Erotic Positionality Within the Global Periphery...", will be exhibited, along with the works of Wu Ding, Russell Beighton, Florian Kuhlmann, and Garcia Frankowski.
14.4.16. Chalton Gallery
Chalton Gallery of London, in collaboration with diSONARE, will host an evening of readings & poetic recordings on April 30th. A recording of 95 preguntas para una anábasis de la ciudad de México and 50:55 minutos de una anábasis de la Ciudad de México will be exhibited. The 5th issue of diSONARE, within which the latter recording is transcribed, will also be presented.
The Door Art, in collaboration with Intelligentsia Gallery, presents "Hypertext" in Beijing, China on April 24th, 2016. My text, [forum], will be exhibited, along with the works of Wu Ding, Ma Yongfeng, Florian Kuhlmann, Ju Anqi, Yu Bogong, Ren Zhitian, Li Shan, Jeff Miller & Drew Milligan, Li Tingwei, Jason Mena, Camille Ayme, Alessandro Rolandi, The Collective, Yu Ying, Deng Dafei, Yang Yuanyuan, Elsie Yi Shen, Song Xi, William Lee, Aoto Oouchi, OOCH, and Garcia Frankowski.
1.4.16 diSONARE 5
The 5th issue of diSONARE launches at Bar Departamento in Mexico City on April 12th. My text, Transcripción de 50:55 minutos de una anábasis de la Ciudad de México, forms part of the issue and makes up the second installment of a triptych for the magazine.
29.3.16 Latinoamericanismos Contemporáneos
The Seminario Federico de Onís, in collaboration with the Department of Hispanic Studies of the University of Puerto Rico, hosts "Latinoamericanismos Contemporáneos," during which the writer Melanie Pérez Ortiz will lead a discussion on the anthology "Sucede que yo soy América." The anthology features 30 translations of Ginsberg's "America" by various Latin American poets. It is edited by Nicole Cecilia Delgado and features my translation, América.
26.2.16 Inverted Excerpt
Late winter poetry editor Ed Steck posted a passage from my forthcoming book, gauguin's notebook, on the Fanzine.
15.2.16 Untitled Publication
19.1.16 The Limited Sphere
321 Gallery presents The Limited Sphere, a group show organized by Peter Brock that will open on January 30th in Brooklyn, New York. I have an untitled publication, in collaboration with Barbara Ess, that will appear for the occasion of the exhibition.
18.1.16 The Materialist Postscript
Intelligentsia Gallery, in collaboration with Galerie Philine Cremer, presents The Materialist Postscript in Dusseldorf, Germany. My text, The Mechanical Turk, appears for the occasion of the exhibition.
15.1.16 Feira Plana
14.1.16 Sucede que yo soy América
Aeromoto hosts "Sucede que yo soy América," a book launch in collaboration with Editorial Cráter Invertido, Beta Local, and Arts Collaboratory, for the 2nd edición of an anthology featuring 30 translations of Ginsberg's "America" by various Latin American poets. The book is edited by Nicole Cecilia Delgado and features my translation, América.
10.1.16 A Great Event Is in the Making but No One Has Noticed
Intelligentsia Gallery presents A Great Event Is in the Making but No One Has Noticed. I have a text that appears for the occasion of this event.
9.1.16 The City Outside the Sentence
6.11.15. Pavilion of Comrades
Beta Local hosts America, a book launch and presentation of 30 translations of Ginsberg's "America" by various Latin American poets. The book is edited by Nicole Cecilia Delgado and features my translation, América.