2019-2020 Youth Poet Laureate
Genesis Perez was named the 2019-2020 Ventura County Youth Poet Laureate at 18 years old. They were born and raised in Ventura County and studies marine biology at California State University, Northridge. Genesis has been involved in the local theater community for many years and utilizes their stage experience to enhance the delivery of their poetry to audiences. A self-described “total ham,” Genesis is nevertheless dedicated to advocacy through the Literary Arts.
Genesis has been published in Scuffed Diamonds, a collection of Ventura County Poets and Through Me, You Will See, a collection of Oxnard High School Poetry slammers. They won the 2019 Oxnard High School Poetry Slam.
Genesis is a poet of social conscience, dealing with sexual harassment, sexuality, grief and the struggles of immigrants. They were a featured reader in Mexican Schools at Beyond Baroque in Venice (Los Angeles), and the Elite Theatre Company in Oxnard. Their poetry is a close and profound examination of the human condition.