THIS IS FOR THE MOSTLESS, writer and performer Jason Magabo Perez's debut book, is a lyrical collection of autobiographical poems, essays, fictions, and oral histories. Moving against discipline and genre, from city to city, barrio to barrio, these stories and sympathies are filled with familia and trauma, and cast with wildly divergent figures as iconic as Don Cheadle and Mandy Moore, and as obscure as Cobra Commander and Perez's own mother-a Filipina migrant nurse who in 1976 was framed by the FBI for murder. Ultimately, Perez celebrates and mourns the multiple migrations and afterlives of grandmothers, gangsters, girlfriends, superheroes, and poets. This book is about and most definitely for all of the mostless.
Jason Magabo Perez is the author of two hybrid collections of poetry and prose: a chapbook, Phenomenology of Superhero (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2016); and a full-length debut, This is for the mostless (WordTech Editions, 2017). Perez's writing has appeared in Witness, TAYO, vitriol, Eleven Eleven, Mission at Tenth, and The Feminist Wire. A VONA/Voices alumnus, Perez holds an M.F.A. in Writing and Consciousness from New College of California and a dual Ph.D. in Communication and Ethnic Studies from University of California, San Diego. Currently, Perez is an Assistant Professor of English/Creative Writing at California State University, San Bernardino.
- Publisher: WordTech Editions (August 4, 2017)
- Language: English
- Paperback: 132 pages
- ISBN-10: 162549243X
- ISBN-13: 9781625492432
- Item Weight: 7.2 ounces