Luisa A. Igloria, Ph.D.

Professor of English & Creative WritingDirector, MFA Creative Writing Program, BAL 5000Old Dominion UniversityNorfolk, VA 23529
757 683-3929

Author's Bio

LUISA A. IGLORIA (previously published as Maria Luisa Aguilar-Cariño) is a tenured Professor of English and Creative Writing at Old Dominion University, where she is currently Director of the MFA Creative Writing Program. Her work has appeared or will be forthcoming in numerous anthologies and journals including Poetry, Crab Orchard Review, The Missouri Review, Indiana Review, Poetry East, Sweet, qarrtsiluni, poemeleon, Smartish Pace, Natural Bridge, Rattle, The North American Review, Bellingham Review, Shearsman (UK), PRISM International (Canada), Poetry Salzburg Review (Austria), The Asian Pacific American Journal, and TriQuarterly. Luisa has published THE SAINTS OF STREETS (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, fall 2013), JUAN LUNA'S REVOLVER (2009 Ernest Sandeen Prize in Poetry, University of Notre Dame Press), TRILL & MORDENT (WordTech Editions, 2005), and 8 other books including ENCANTO (Anvil, 2004), and IN THE GARDEN OF THE THREE ISLANDS (Moyer Bell/Asphodel, 1995). Author Website may be viewed at

Publications and Prizes


Trill & Mordent
(Word Tech Editions,
Blood Sacrifice
(University of the Philippines Press,
In The Garden of the Three Islands
(Moyer Bell,
(Anvil Publishing, Inc,
(Anvil Publishing, Inc,
The Saints of Streets
(University of Santo Tomas Publishing House,
The 2009 Ernest Sandeen Poetry Prize for JUAN LUNA'S REVOLVER (University of Notre Dame Press); the 2007 49th Parallel Poetry Prize; the 2007 James Hearst Poetry Prize (selected by former US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser); the 2006 National Writers Union Poetry Prize(selected by Adrienne Rich); the 2006 Richard Peterson Poetry Prize (Crab Orchard Review); the 2006 Stephen Dunn Award for Poetry; the 2004 Fugue Poetry Prize(selected by Ellen Bryant Voigt); Finalist, the 2003 Larry Levis Editors Prize for Poetry, The Missouri Review; Finalist, the 2003 Dorset Prize (Tupelo Press); the first Sylvia Clare Brown Fellowship,Ragdale Foundation (2007); two Pushcart Prize nominations; a 1998 Fellowship at the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers in Scotland. Originally from Baguio City in the Philippines, Luisa is also an eleven-time recipient of the Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in three genres (poetry, nonfiction, and short fiction) and its Hall of Fame distinction; the Palanca award is the Philippines' highest literary distinction.

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Baguio City, Philippines

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Listing last updated: August 15, 2013.