Roy Pérez is an Assistant Professor of English, American Ethnic Studies and Women’s & Gender Studies at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. He received his PhD in English at New York University with concentrations in Latina/o literary and performance studies. He is a past fellow of the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and currently serves on the Outreach Committee for the Critical Ethnic Studies Association. He has published poems and essays in Glitter Tongue, the Best of Panic! poetry anthology, TheThePoetrybully bloggers, and FENCE Magazine, and recently adapted one of his poems to film with director Finn Paul. His current scholarly book project, Proximity: Queer Configurations of Race and Sex, examines the function of interracial closeness in the articulation of sexual identity by queer artists from the late-nineteenth century into the twenty-first.