Luisa A. Igloria

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Poet Laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia, 2020–2022

Originally from Baguio, Philippines, Luisa A. Igloria is the author of numerous books of poetry, including Maps for Migrants and Ghosts (Southern Illinois University Press, 2020), co-winner of the 2019 Crab Orchard Poetry Prize, and the chapbook What is Left of Wings, I Ask, winner of the Center for the Book Arts Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Prize selected by Natasha Trethewey.

In 2015, Igloria was the inaugural winner of the Resurgence Prize (UK), the world’s first major award for ecopoetry. A Louis I. Jaffe Professor and a professor of English and creative writing, she teaches in the MFA creative writing program at Old Dominion University, which she directed from 2009 to 2015. Igloria also leads workshops at The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk, Virginia, and was appointed as the poet laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2020. In 2021, she received an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship.