craig-santos-perezCraig Santos Perez, Associate Professor in the Department of English, was awarded a prestigious 2016 Lannan Literary Fellowship for Poetry, in recognition of his distinctive literary merit and potential for continued outstanding work. This is Perez’s second distinguished honor in a short period of time; he also received a 2015 American Book Award.

The fellowship provides Perez a monetary award, as well as a residency at the Lannan properties in Marfa, Texas, The typically 4-6 week residency will afford Perez the time and opportunity to immerse himself in an environment ideal for writing with other writers. In total, the Lannan Foundation presented $850,000 to seven authors who received either the 2016 Literary Award or the Literary Fellowship.

“I am honored and grateful to receive the Lannan fellowship, which will support the completion of my next book of poems. As the first Pacific Islander author to receive the Lannan, I hope this will bring further attention to the literature and political issues of the Pacific.” 

craig-santos-perez-gumaPerez is a native Chamorro from the Pacific Island of Guam. He has co-edited two anthologies of Pacific literature and authored three books of poetry, most recently from unincorporated territory [guma’] (for which he received the American Book Award).

He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco and an MA and PhD in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Besides teaching in the English department, he is also an affiliate faculty member in the Center for Pacific Island Studies and the Indigenous Politics Program of the Department of Political Science.


About the Lannan Foundation

Lannan Foundation is a family foundation dedicated to cultural freedom, diversity, and creativity through projects which support exceptional contemporary artists and writers, as well as inspired Native activists in rural indigenous communities.

Through its Literary Awards and Fellowships program, Lannan Foundation hopes to stimulate the creation of literature written originally in the English language, and to develop a wider audience for contemporary prose and poetry. Candidates for the awards and fellowships are recommended to Lannan Foundation by a network of writers, literary scholars, publishers, and editors.


The College of Languages, Linguistics & Literature (one of the four Arts & Sciences colleges) of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa offers a broad curriculum in English, foreign and heritage languages and literatures, second language studies, and linguistics. Its Asia and Pacific focused curricula is unique in the nation. The faculty regularly teaches more than 25 languages, and has the capacity to teach many more.

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