About the Author: LUISA A. IGLORIA

Luisa A. Igloria has published six books under the name Maria Luisa Aguilar Carino: Cordillera Tales (New Day,1990), Cartography (Anvil, 1992), Encanto (Anvil, 1994), In the Garden of the Three Islands (Moyer Bell/Asphodel, 1995), Blood Sacrifice (University of the Philippines Press, 1997), and Songs for the Beginning of the Millennium (De La Salle University Press, 1998). She is the editor of the new anthology Not Home, But Here: Writing from the Filipino Diaspora (Anvil, 2003). Her ninth book, TRILL & MORDENT (Runner-up, 2004 Editions Prize) will be released in fall 2005 (WordTech Editions).

Luisa's work has appeared in numerous anthologies including Screaming Monkeys (ed. Evelina Galang; CoffeeHouse Press, 2003), Going Home to a Landscape (ed. Marianne Villanueva and Virginia Cerenio; Calyx 2003), Babaylan (ed. Nick Carbo and Eileen Tabios); and in national and international journals, including Poetry, Poetry East, The Missouri Review, Crab Orchard Review,Smartish Pace, Blue Mesa Review, Indiana Review, TriQuarterly, Columbia, Hayden's Ferry Review, The Asian Pacific American Journal, Span, Ruptures, Bomb, and Black Warrior Review.

Luisa has received a Fulbright Fellowship, two Pushcart Prize nominations, four National Book Awards in the Philippines, eleven Carlos Palanca Awards for Literature and its Hall of Fame distinction (the most prestigious literary award in the Philippines).

She has received the Richard Lemon Poetry Fellowship to the 2005 Napa Valley Writers Conference; the 2003 Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia; and in spring 1998 to the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers in Scotland.

Most recently she received the 2004 Fugue Prize for Poetry, selected by Ellen Bryant Voigt; she was also a Finalist for the 2005 George Bogin Memorial Award for Poetry (Poetry Society of America), selected by the poet Joy Harjo. Other citations include: Finalist for the 2003 Dorset Prize in Poetry (Tupelo Press), Finalist for the 2003 Larry Levis Editors Prize in Poetry (Missouri Review), and Finalist for the 2002 New Letters Poetry Prize Competition. She received a 2001 Fiction Fellowship from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the 1998 George Kent Award for Poetry, and a 1998 Illinois Arts Council Award.

She has taught with the University of the Philippines, De La Salle University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is currently a tenure-track associate professor on the faculty of the Creative Writing Program and the English Department at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, where she directed the 27th ODU Literary Festival in October 2004.