Episode 5: Luisa A. Igloria
My interview with Filipina American poet, Luisa A. Igloria, has not only been informative but quite enthralling as well. Listen to her explain how nature, place, and histories had such a profound influence on her work. Also discover how her daily ritual of writing a poem a day for eight years and going nourished her creative process and well-being.
Luisa A. Igloria 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. 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 award. 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. She teaches on the faculty of the MFA Creative Writing Program at Old Dominion University, which she directed from 2009-2015, as well as at the MUSE Writers Center in Norfolk. Her website is: http://www.luisaigloria.com