Luisa A. Igloria Biography and Literary Works (Poems)

Luisa A. Igloria is a Filipino-American poet. She authored 14 books of poetry and 4 chapbooks. Her poems have appeared in national and international anthologies, and print and online literary journals including Orion, Shenandoah, Indiana Review, Crab Orchard Review, Diode, Missouri Review, Rattle, Poetry East, Your Impossible Voice, Poetry, Shanghai Literary Review, Cha, Hotel Amerika, Spoon River Poetry Review, and others. She was director of the MFA Creative Writing Program at the Old Dominion University from 2009 to 2015.

1. B.A. Humanities - Cum Laude - major in Comparative Literature, minor in English, cognate in Philosophy), 1980 University of the Philippines Baguio
2. M.A. in Literature at Ateneo de Manila University, Manila, Philippines, 1988 [Robert Southwell Fellow]
3. Ph.D. in English/Creative Writing, University of Illinois at Chicago, July 1995 as Fulbright Fellow.

Awards and Recognitions:
1. Co-winner of the Crab Orchard Poetry Open competition. (2019)
2. Appointed as the 20th Poet Laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia (2020-2022)
3. Inaugural winner of the Resurgence Prize (UK). (2015)
4. Recipient of the Center for the Book Arts Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Prize. (2018)
5. May Swenson Prize, Utah State University Press (2014)
6. She was the inaugural Glasgow Visiting Writer in Residence at Washington and Lee University. (2018)
7. Second Prize at the Bridport Poetry Prize/UK. (2018)
8. Ernest Sandeen Poetry Prize (2009)
9. 49th Parallel Poetry Prize (2007)
10. James Hearst Poetry Prize (2007)
11. Honorable Mention in the Potomac Review Poetry Contest (2010)
12. Finalist in the first Narrative Poetry Contest (2009)

Poetry Collections:
1. Maps for Migrants and Ghosts
2. What Is Left of Wings, I Ask
3. The Buddha Wonders if She is Having a Mid-Life Crisis
4. Ode to the Heart Smaller than a Pencil Eraser
5. Juan Luna's Revolver

1. Since November of 2010, Igloria has been writing at least one poem a day.
2. She has a website at

1. Mandorla
2. Trill and Mordent
3. The Return
4. Field Planted to Winter Grass