Anthony B Perales 


Anthony B. Perales wrote his first poem in the summer of 2007 when he was
33  years-old. His work presents the reader with a no-nonsense, brutally honest
account of his personal memories of growing up in San Pedro, California. Also, his time spent in the L.A. County Jail and California's Prison system where a lot of his earlywork was written.
Unlike most convict writers, his work mentions very little about his time away.
"I don't write about that place unless it's absolutely necessary. All my time spent in there I was thinking about home. Now I'm home and I don't spend much time thinking about it, unless I really have to."
Anthony has since been published, both in print and online, in various literary magazines and also has become a featured writer on various online websites.
In 2014, with the help of long time friend, Aaron Portillo, he self-published his first chapbook, You'll Find Me In the Darkness, If I Let You on his own DeadEnd Press imprint. The second edition of this chapbook will be released on August 6, 2016 on End Fwy Press.
In 2015, Anthony was chosen by Don King Fisher as 1 of 140 Southern California poets to be published in Spectrum Anthology of Southern California Poets.
Also in 2015, Anthony released his follow up chapbook, Arm The Outcast on his own, Poppy Press imprint. The second edition of this chapbook is scheduled to be released on End Fwy Press sometime in 2016.
Anthony's work has the potential to be looked back upon in years to come and be remembered as something real and honest in a time that has been filled with so much deception and lies.
To be able to admit you were as bad as you were while turning it into something easy to understand and hard to forget is a talent only naturally gifted writers could ever possess.
He names writers and musicians such as the Minutemen, Bad Brains, Steven Jessie Bernstein, Jack Kerouac, Charles Bukowski, Cormac McCarthy, Jimi Hendrix, Don Winslow and friends like Craig Ibarra and Aaron Portillo as his main influences when it comes to art and creating in general.
When asked about his writing style and how he approaches a poem or a short story, he has only one answer.
"I only write about the things I know — the things I’ve seen."
Anthony and his cat, Negra, still reside in their hometown of San Pedro, where he is still writing poetry and studying screen writing at the UCLA Annex.
Anthony has also began working on his first full length novel. The rough draft is an amazing 300 page handwritten (in pencil) piece of work he started during a prison term in 2008.
Anthony has definitely found his calling and hopefully he doesn't stop writing any time soon.