Poet Laureate of Virginia to Share Her Poetry at Hawaii-Philippine October Conference

Luisa Igloria

Virginia-based Filipino poet Luisa A. Igloria will be sharing her poetry as a guest speaker at Hawaii Philippines Business & Economic Council’s Virtual Aloha & Mabuhay Conference second day on October 14.

Originally from Baguio City, Philippines, Igloria is the author of 14 books of poetry and four chapbooks. She is a tenured Professor of Creative Writing and English and was Director of the MFA Creative Writing Program at Old Dominion University.

When she was selected as the Poet Laureate of Virginia in 2020, she describes it as a “unique position for service and engagement through poetry…and to have many conversations with others, and to find meaningful ways to support and promote the voices of Virginia poets in particular and the work of poets and poetry in general as an important part of living in these times.”

Igloria was a Visiting Humanities Scholar in 1996 at the Center for Philippine Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She also taught briefly at De La Salle University where she was program director of the Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center.

Her poetry, presented at the second day’s plenary, will conclude the first virtual conference that seeks to strengthen ties between Hawaii and the Philippines, and brings together thought leaders from both sides of the Pacific to discuss issues of interest to both.

To learn more about the upcoming Aloha & Mabuhay Conference on October 13 and 14, visit hopin.com/events/aloha-mabuhay-conference-a-virtual-event.

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