Pre-Convention by the California Writing Project

Thursday, February 29, 2023

A Look Back and a Leap Forward:<br />
Learning from the Stories of our Past, Imagining the Future

Morning Keynote Speaker:

Jason Magabo Perez, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at CSU San Marcos,
San Diego Poet Laureate 2023-24

Holding the Line, What a Line Holds:
Notes on Poetry, Critical Ethnic Studies, and Lyrics of Possibility

Jason Magabo Perez

Jason Magabo Perez is a Filipino American writer, performer, researcher, and educator. Blending poetry, prose, performance, film/video, and oral history, Perez’s work explores Filipino American histories, colonialism, state violence, solidarity, migration, memory, and intimacy. He is the author of Phenomenology of Superhero (2016), This is for the mostless (2017), and I ask about what falls away (Forthcoming 2024). His work has been featured in Interim, Witness, The Feminist Wire, San Diego Union-Tribune, and NPR’s Here & Now. Perez has also written and performed several staged multimedia works at notable venues such as the National Asian American Theater Festival, International Conference of the Philippines, La Jolla Playhouse, and Sunshine Brooks Theater. Alumnus of the VONA Writing Workshops for Writers of Color, Perez is an Associate Professor and Director of Ethnic Studies at California State University San Marcos, a Community Arts Fellow at Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies, and Associate Editor at Ethnic Studies Review. A 2023 Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow, Perez currently serves a San Diego Poet Laureate 2023-24.

Experience three rounds of resource- and strategy-packed workshops led by CWP teacher leaders that focus on, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Using writing to address issues of racial and environmental justice and to support the teaching of Ethnic Studies
  • Growing students’ civic engagement by inviting them to research issues within their community and to propose solutions
  • Connecting student interests and social engagement to academic studies, civic participation, college preparation, and career opportunity
  • Developing students’ abilities to present arguments and use evidence and supporting student interaction with challenging texts, perspectives, and issues through strategic use of print, digital, and multimodal sources
  • Tapping into digital tools that enrich teaching, writing, and learning
  • Unleashing the power of writing for self-care

Morning coffee/tea and luncheon will be provided.

Join us for a lunchtime celebration of 50 years of the California Writing Project

Preconvention registration is $175. Go to to register for the preconvention.