Dr. Luisa A. Igloria

Virginia, United States

Member Since: 09/02/2008

Luisa A. Igloria is Black Lawrence Press's 2023 Immigrant Writing Series Prize winner for Caulbearers (2024) and Co-Winner of the 2019 Crab Orchard Poetry Prize for Maps for Migrants and Ghosts (Southern Illinois University Press, fall 2020). She is Poet Laureate Emerita of Virginia (2020-22) and In 2021, received one of 23 Poets Laureate Fellowships awarded by the Academy of American Poets. Luisa is the winner of the 2015 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. Other works include What Is Left of Wings, I Ask (selected by former US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey for the 2018 Center for the Book Arts Poetry Letterpress Chapbook Prize); 3 other chapbooks; plus the full length works The Buddha Wonders if She is Having a Mid-Life Crisis (Phoenicia Publishing, Montreal, 2018), Ode to the Heart Smaller than a Pencil Eraser (selected by Mark Doty for the 2014 May Swenson Prize, Utah State University Press), Night Willow (Phoenicia Publishing, Montreal, 2014), The Saints of Streets (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2013), Juan Luna’s Revolver (2009 Ernest Sandeen Prize, University of Notre Dame Press), and nine other books. She teaches on the faculty of the MFA Creative Writing Program at Old Dominion University, which she directed from 2009-2015. During her appointed term as 20th Poet Laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia (2020-22), Emerita, the Academy of American Poets awarded her one of twenty-three Poet Laureate Fellowships in 2021 to support a program of public poetry projects. Since November 20, 2010, she has been writing (at least) a poem a day. www.luisaigloria.com 


Website: www.luisaigloria.com

Twitter Username: @thepoetslizard


  • Caulbearer , Black Lawrence Press (August 1, 2024)
  • Dear Human at the Edge of Time: Poems on Climate Change in the US (lead editor) , Paloma Press (September 1, 2023)
  • Maps for Migrants and Ghosts , Southern Illinois University Press (September 1, 2020)
  • Of Color: Poets Ways of Making (co-editor) , The Operating System (March 1, 2019)
  • What is Left of Wings, I Ask? , Center for the Book Arts, New York (September 1, 2018)
  • The Buddha Wonders if She is Having a Mid-life Crisis , Phoenicia Publishing, Montreal (March 1, 2018)
  • Night Willow , Phoenicia Publishing Montreal (March 1, 2014)
  • Ode to the Heart Smaller than a Pencil Eraser , Utah State University Press (March 1, 2014)
  • The Saints of Streets , University of Santo Tomas Publishing House (July 1, 2013)
  • Juan Luna's Revolver , Notre Dame University Press (January 1, 2009)
  • Trill & Mordent , WordTech Editions (March 1, 2005)
  • Songs for the Beginning of the Millennium , De La Salle University Press (March 1, 1997)
  • Blood Sacrifice , University of the Philippines Press (March 1, 1997)
  • In the Garden of the Three Islands , Moyer Bell/Asphodel (May 1, 1995)
  • Encanto , Anvil Press (September 1, 1992)
  • Cartography , Anvil Press (May 1, 1992)
  • Cordillera Tales , New Day (September 1, 1990)


  • 2023 Immigrant Writing Series Prize, Black Lawrence Press(2023)
  • Crab Orchard Open Poetry Prize(2019)
  • 2018 Center for the Book Arts Poetry Letterpress Chapbook Prize(2018)
  • 2019 Crab Orchard Open Poetry Competition(2019)
  • The Inaugural Resurgence Poetry Prize, UK(2015)
  • May Swenson Prize(2014)
  • Philippines Free Press Literary Award, First Prize for Poetry(2011)
  • Ernest Sandeen Poetry Prize(2009)
  • James Hearst Poetry Prize(2007)
  • 49th Parallel Award for Poetry, Bellingham Review(2007)
  • Global Filipino Award for Poetry(2007)
  • Stephen Dunn Award for Poetry(2006)
  • Richard Peterson Poetry Prize(2006)
  • Fugue Poetry Prize(2004)
  • George Kent Prize, Poetry Journal(1998)
  • National Book Award for Poetry, Philippines (1998)
  • National Book Award for Poetry, Philippines(1995)
  • National Book Award for Poetry, Philippines(1993)
  • National Book Award for Poetry, Philippines(1990)
  • Black Warrior Literary Award(1988)
  • Palanca Awards for Literature, Hall of Fame Distinction, Philippines(1996)


  • Doctoral Degree in English/Creative Writing from University of Illinois at Chicago (May 1995)
  • Master of Arts in Literature from Ateneo de Manila University (April 1988)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Humanities (Comparative Literature, English, Philosophy); cum laude from University of the Philippines, Baguio (April 1980)

Genres of Interest

Creative nonfiction, Poetry