2019-2020 Youth Poet Laureate
Genesis Perez was named the 2019-2020 Ventura County Youth Poet Laureate when she was 18 years old. She was born and raised in Ventura County. She attends California State University, Northridge, where she studies Marine Biology. She has been involved in the local theater community for many years and utilizes her stage experience to enhance the delivery of her poetry to audiences. She has described herself as a “total ham,” however, she is dedicated to advocacy through the Literary Arts.
Ms. Perez 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. She won the 2019 Oxnard High School Poetry Slam. She is a poet of social conscience, dealing with sexual harassment, sexuality, grief and the struggles of immigrants. She was a featured reader in Mexican Schools at Beyond Baroque in Venice (Los Angeles), and the Elite Theatre Company in Oxnard. Her poetry is a close and profound examination of the human condition.