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Omar Pérez

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Omar Pérez

Omar Pérez grew up in Havana, the city where he was born in 1964, and earned a degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Havana in 1987. By his early twenties he had become an active participant in the city’s varied cultural scenes. His poetry and essays routinely appear in anthologies of new Cuban writing. Pérez is the author of four poetry collections: Algo de lo Sagrado (1996), Oíste hablar del gato de pelea? (1999), Canciones y letanías (2002), and Lingua Franca (forthcoming). A book of essays, La perseverancia de un hombre oscuro, earned him Cuba’s National Critics’ Prize for that genre in 2000. He is also a translator with numerous publications ranging from Shakespeare to Creeley and Komunyakaa, as well as Italian and Dutch writings. Currently Pérez is a percussionist for dance-theater performances, and his interest in artistic collaboration informs recent writing projects. Translations of his poems appear in Washington Square, boundary 2, Origin~Longhouse, Mandorla, The Whole Island: Six Decades of Cuban Poetry, and elsewhere; Jacket 35 carries an extensive feature on Pérez.

Articles by Omar Pérez

There is No Theorem (A Regguetón)
By Omar Pérez
There is no theorem just the combination 10,000 years of going with digressions: I write regguetones, forget the variation. There is no theorem from the mist itself the primates descend in search of phonemes…
Translated from Spanish by Kristin Dykstra
Multilingual
An Interview with Dimitris Athinakis
By Omar Pérez
The Greek poet Dimitris Athinakis came of age with the new millennium.  Raised in a Greece of fast and cataclysmic change, he belongs to a new generation of writers whose works are bringing brave…
Translated from Greek