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by Chris Perez Howard
“Mariquita is a groundbreaking text for CHamoru Literature. Not only is it the first
of its kind to be published, but also because the author Chris Perez Howard crosses
genre boundaries in his attempts to find the mother he lost when he was almost four
years old. In this way, Mariquita performs various complex moves, but most of all,
this brief narrative breaks the silences surrounding the devastation Guam suffered,
easily forgotten today, and the atrocities committed against many of its young women.”
-Evelyn S.M. Flores, Ph.D., professor, University of Guam and editor, Indigenous Literatures
of Micronesia “This book is a classic in Pacific Islander literature that every student and scholar
should read.” -Craig Santos Perez, Ph.D., author, professor, University of Hawai’I,
Manoa, and Amcerican Book Award recipient “With each passing year, more of the war survivor generation pass on. The task of
telling the stories of our elders and carrying forward their wisdom has already fallen
to us. Mariquita remains an important text for those seeking to retell the stories
of our elders in a form worthy of their struggle, their sacrifice and their survival.”
-Michael Lujan Bevacqua, Ph.D., historian, writer and professor, University of Guam.
Publisher / Imprint: University of Guam Press
Chris Perez Howard believes that his adventurous spirit and endless curiosity are
responsible for his unconventional life. Among his experiences, he served in the U.S.
military; worked for the American Express Co. in New York; struggled as an artist
in Rome, Italy; lived in Yap, the Seychelles, and the Philippines; and went to Africa
to see wild animals in their natural habitat. In Guam, he has worked as a teacher, a news editor for the Guam Tribune, an assistant to the president of the Guam Community College, and a press secretary
for the Governor of Guam. Academically, he attended the University of Alabama and Indiana University, and he
graduated magna cum laude from the University of New Hampshire with a bachelor of
fine arts degree. Chris is also a CHamoru rights activist, and is a former chairman of the Organization
of People for Indigenous Rights (OPI-R) and has presented testimony before the United
Nations and the U.S Congress. Presently, he is working on his novel – I Mestisan Engles.
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