Poetry. Latinx Studies. Native American Studies. Women's Studies. Emmy Pérez sings the borderlands between America and Mexico, a contested land where identity and nationality are under constant surveillance. Her poetry forces the reader to feel the persons who live in those lands. In poems that follow the currents of the Rio Grande, she re-immerses readers in the waters where we all developed, fills our senses with the scent of blooming roses, of burning mesquite, and crashes us into the barriers erected to prevent the development of cross-border relationships. Reading Pérez ignites the desire to experience the heat and the sere landscape, and generates anger at the destruction of all that flourishes there.
C. St. Pérez @ Rattle
Emmy Pérez, Texas Poet Laureate 2020, has lived in the Texas borderlands for the past 19 years, the first six reconnecting with her family history in Ysleta/El Paso and then moving several hundred miles east to the Rio Grande Valley, where she has lived in McAllen for the past 13 years. Originally from Santa Ana, California, she is a graduate of Columbia University (MFA) and the University of Southern California (BA). She is the author of the poetry collections SOLSTICE (Swan Scythe Press, 2020), With the River on Our Face (University of Arizona Press), and is currently working on a third collection.Author City: MCALLEN, TX USA