The September Featured Poet is
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Teach your story so that
The earth looked small
So began the movement
Our captors, teachers
Funny, how he’d thought
Fact was, he was just dying off
THE POLKA DOT DRESS
Daily shaven smooth long legs
HAIKU NO. 25
a lonely spaceship
SAVE THE CHUPACABRAS!
They say that I don’t exist
Juan Manuel Perez, a Mexican-American poet, is the author of Another Menudo Sunday (2007), the e-book O’ Dark Heaven: A Response To Suzette Haden Elgin’s Definition Of Horror (2009) and six poetry chapbooks, including the horrifically acclaimed Dial H For Horror (2006).
Juan’s new collection of poems, WUI: Written Under The Influence Of Trinidad Sanchez, Jr. was put together in Trino’s honor and was released in February 2011 by Rhyme Or Reason Word Design Studio out of San Antonio, Texas.
He is also a member of the San Antonio Poets’ Association, The Poetry Society Of Texas, The San Angelo Writers’ Club, the Science Fiction Poetry Association, the Horror Writers Association, the Alamo Area Poets Of Texas, the Writers Of The Rio Grande, and the Writers’ League Of Texas, as well as, a student to the great Chicano poet Trinidad Sánchez, Jr.
Juan was recently named the 2011 Poet Laureate for the San Antonio Poets’ Association and had two of his speculative poems nominated for the 2011 Rhysling Poetry Award. Last fall, he was also the guest columnist for the The Official Newsletter Of The Horror Writers Association (Blood & Spades: Poets of the Dark Side; November 2010 / Volume 20, Issue 124) where he presented his written thoughts about his speculative poems.
He has been a featured reader at many poetry venues around the state including the recent World Horror Convention (2011) in Austin and late last summer at the Langdon Review Weekend in Granbury, Texas (2010) alongside the state’s finest, the Poet Laureates of Texas, as well as out of state in Georgia as a Featured Poet at the 4th Annual Albany State University Poetry Festival (2010). He is available for readings in and out of state. Juan writes poetry on a variety of subjects like Mexican-American/Native American life, comic books, science fiction, horror and food.
His work has also appeared in The Mayo Review, Writers Of The Rio Grande.com, The Enigmatist, Horror Writers Association Newsletter, WritingRaw.com, The San Angelo’s Writers Club Newsletter, Homenaje A Miguel Hernandez En Su Centenario, San Antonio’s 350.org, And Now The Nightmare Begins, vacpoetry.com, Desahogate, thehorrorzine.com, Boundless, The People’s Comic Book Newsletter, Voices De La Luna, International Poetry Review, Illumen, Star*Line: the Journal of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, The Poet Magazine, di-verse-city, Voices Along The River, The Dreamcatcher, Inkwell Echoes, The Palm’s Leaf, Message of the Muse and many other local publications.
He has also done some acting and has two independent films under his belt plus he has played a supporting role in several of his student’s films such as Senior Skip Day Massacre (2011), The Secret Life Of A Mexican Teenager (2011) and Paranormal Documentary (2011). His regular films El Chisme (2008) and Donato, King Of The Vampire Drags (2009) were both filmed in San Antonio and produced by Glorybridge Productions. Recently, he was a movie extra for Old Rodeo: The Legend Of Red Lebow (2011) produced by Eugene Smith and Directed by Jody Stelzig. Juan is also a gun-slinging Mexican Indian Rogue, Old West re-enactor with a gunfighter group under the direction of actor and friend, Dean Reading (Temple Grandin (2010) and Walker Texas Ranger (1994)) out of Lockhart with most of the shows occurring in Austin, Texas.
He was also this school year’s (2010-2011) University Scholastic League One Act Play Director for La Pryor High School. The selected play for the season was of course, Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” which was portrayed marvelously by his students in competition and for the community.
Juan is a ten-year Navy/Marine veteran and former Combat medic serving in the First Gulf War (1991). Presently, he is a successful public high school history teacher in La Pryor, Texas where he lives.