Luisa A. Igloria

Poet Information

Luisa A. Igloria

About the Poet

Luisa A. Igloria

Originally from Baguio, Luisa A. Igloria was appointed Poet Laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia (2020-22). The Academy of American Poets awarded her one of 23 Poet Laureate Fellowships in 2021, in support of public poetry projects. She is one of two Co-Winners of the 2019 Crab Orchard Poetry Prize for Maps for Migrants and Ghosts (Southern Illinois University Press, fall 2020). In April 2021, the Writers Union of the Philippines (UMPIL) conferred on her the Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas lifetime achievement award in the English poetry category. In 2015, she was the inaugural winner of the Resurgence Prize (UK), the world's first major award for ecopoetry, selected by former UK Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion, Alice Oswald, and Jo Shapcott. Former US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey selected her chapbook What Is Left of Wings, I Ask as the 2018 recipient of the Center for the Book Arts Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Prize.

Other works include The Buddha Wonders if She is Having a Mid-Life Crisis (Phoenicia Publishing, Montreal, 2018), Ode to the Heart Smaller than a Pencil Eraser (2014 May Swenson Prize, Utah State University Press), and 12 other books. Her poems are widely published or appearing 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.

Luisa served as the inaugural Glasgow Visiting Writer in Residence at Washington and Lee University in 2018. With over 30 years of experience teaching literature and creative writing, Luisa also leads workshops at The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk (and serves on the Muse Board). She is a Louis I. Jaffe Professor and University Professor of English and Creative Writing— teaching in the MFA Creative Writing Program at Old Dominion University, which she directed from 2009-2015. For over ten years to date, she has been writing (at least) a poem a day.


Hampton Roads

Virginia City or County Affiliation


Years of Residence in Virginia


Current City/State of Residence

Norfolk, Virginia





Year of Birth



ecopoetry, diaspora, (im)migration, women's literature, social justice

Published Works or Performances

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Luisa A. Igloria