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 global exchange.
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, a risograph-printed story that is also translated to Portuguese, a field journal in Spanish from an artist fellowship in Puerto Rico, and a book I edited on aliens. 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.
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 learn more here.
Currently, I work as the program director of the Bard Microcollege at Brooklyn Public Library and as the co-chair in Writing at Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts.
If you would like to know more about me, you could always write me at christopherreyperez (at) gmail (dot) com.
Aliens Beyond Paradise / Alienígenas más allá del paraíso is a bilingual English-Spanish publication I edited, following a collective editorial and publishing workshop organized by Beta-Local (San Juan, Puerto Rico) at the Queens Museum on July 21, 2019, in conjunction with the exhibition Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas. Exploring the ambiguous concept of the alien, I invited contributors in Mexico and Puerto Rico to consider what it means to extract a textual excerpt, fragment, annotation, or image from its context, and send it across a border. How might we think of exchange beyond the regulating binary of inside and outside?
I wrote an editorial essay that prefaces the works from the following contributors: Aravind Adyanthaya, Andrés Monzón-Aguirre, Ramiro Chaves & MANIMAS, Colectivo Se habla español, Nicole Delgado, Amara Abdal Figueroa, Lucía Hinojosa Gaxiola, Diego Gerard, Amanda Hernández, Mauricio Marcin, Jason Mena, Andrés Paniagua, Iberia Pérez, Mariana Rodríguez, Luis Othoniel Rosa, Jorge Sánchez, and Dmitri Zurita.
Co-published with the Queens Museum. All sales proceeds will be donated to RAICES - The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, a nonprofit agency founded in 1986, which promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees. Learn more about RAICES here.
Bilingual in Spanish & English. Designed by Simran Ankolker and Rachel Valinsky. 79 pages. 2-color risograph print, printed at Queens Museum. Bound at Small Editions. Published by Wendy's Subway and Queens Museum.
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