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On Thursday, February 5, the English Department of Utah State University will present a poetry reading by Luisa A. Igloria, the 2014 winner of USU’s May Swenson Poetry Prize for her book, Ode to the Heart Smaller Than a Pencil Eraser. The reading will be held at noon in room 101 of the Merrill-Cazier Library.

Igloria is the author of several other award-winning books of poetry, including Juan Luna’s Revolver, which won the 2009 Ernest Sandeen Prize in Poetry, Night Willow from Phoenicia Publishing (Montreal), and 10 other books.

(Photo credits: Rich-Joseph Facun)

(Photo credits: Rich-Joseph Facun)

Luisa will also be presented at a reading on Friday, February 6, in Brigham Young University’s English Reading Series. This reading is scheduled for noon at the Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium.

Both events are and open to the public.

For more information:

Michael Sowder (USU)
(435) 797-7100
michael.sowder at usu.edu   or

Stephen Tuttle (BYU)
(801) 422-4425
stephen_tuttle at byu.edu

Celebrating the poetry vendors!


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Congratulations to the excellent Dave Bonta, on his milestone 6000th post at Via Negativa yesterday (where he has graciously accorded me the status of co-blogger since 2010).

Yesterday, it was also my FOURTH year anniversary of writing (at least) a poem a day – they’re all archived at Via Negativa – so, double huzzah!

Dave created this fun video to commemorate the occasion.

The Saints of Streets wins 2014 Gintong Aklat Award


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10582935_10152480327748929_5819972776843534155_oPostcard The Saint of Streets, front


Maraming salamat sa Dakilang Pinagmulan!

Thank you to all you wonderful readers and supporters ~

I’ve just learned that my poetry book THE SAINTS OF STREETS (UST Publishing House, 2013) has won a 2014 Gintong Aklat (Golden Book) Award!!!

Reposting here, some links to recent Reviews:

Christian Anton Gerard at The Rumpus

Henry Leung at Lantern Review

Mookie Katigbak Lacuesta at Philippine Graphic

Robbi Nester at the New York Journal of Books

Elizabeth Lolarga at Postively Filipino

Rina Angela Corpus at GMA Network News

Poems at The Poetry Storehouse


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Mil gracias to poet and filmmaker Nic Sebastian, who has just let me know tonight that my poems are up (with audio) on The Poetry Storehouse ~



So then, dear friends and potential collaborators, do check out the Remixers’ Guidelines and further, the Remixers’ Guidelines for Poetry.


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Please join Friends of the MFA Creative Writing Program and the ODU Alumni Association on 2 October 2014, Thursday, at 6:30 pm in the Barry M. Kornblau Alumni Center at ODU (corner 49th Street and Hampton Boulevard) in this Pre-Literary Festival Event —

The Butcher, the Baker, the Artisanal Maker: Fortifying Our Community Tables

Join the MFA Creative Writing Program and Friends for a panel discussion on how sustainable food and farming efforts provide nourishment for a positive future within our local communities. The event serves as pre-festival program leading into the 37th Annual Literary Festival which will examine the relationship of food and sustenance in a variety of cultural, poetic, political and other contexts. The evening will also include a reception offering a chance to reconnect with alumni, faculty, and friends. It will feature light refreshments and a cash bar.

Thursday, October 2 /6:30-8:30 pm

Barry M. Kornblau Alumni Center  


Featured Panelists:

Lorraine Eaton, MFA’99

- Food writer for the Virginian-Pilot; author, Tidewater Table Cookbook

Dr. Amy Price Neff 

- Co-owner, Pendulum Fine Meats in Norfolk

Patrick Farrell, MA ’09

- English Dept. faculty member & food/wine aficionado

Bev Sell 

- Founder & General Manager of Five Points Community Farm Market


Please contact Katherine Jackson at kjackson@odu.edu to RSVP

or to find out more information by September 26.


This free event is sponsored by the MFA Creative Writing Program,

Friends of the MFA Creative Writing Program, Pendulum Fine Meats,

and the ODU Alumni Association.


For more information on the 2014 ODU Literary Festival,

“The Hungry Heart is Telling You” (October 6-10, 2014) 

please visit us online.




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Gratitude to Nancy Peacock and Karen Salyer McElmurray, two wonderful writers—  for the opportunity to join them in conversation over at Marginalia.

Here is a short excerpt from the letter I wrote to them both, which appears on their blog today:

“In April this year, The New York Times ran Junot Diaz’s article MFA Vs. POC. ‘I was,’ he says, ‘a person of color in a workshop whose theory of reality did not include my most fundamental experiences as a person of color—that did not in other words include me.” I would hasten to add that faculty of color also experience this same kind of fundamental unease, as they struggle through the rituals of academic tenure and continually encounter those kinds of scrutiny that suggest their credentials and what they bring to the table are somehow wanting, even when they are not.”  ~ (from Luisa A. Igloria’s guest letter to Nancy Peacock and Karen McElmurray at Marginalia)

The Hungry Heart is Telling You


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Mark your calendars and tell all your friends and networks to come for one solid week of literary awesomeness at ODU ~ from 6-10 October 2014, we will be hosting the 37th ODU Literary Festival.

This year, the overall theme is literature, food, sustenance, and community— and their urgent relevance and relationship to our cultural milieu and conversations.

ODU 2014 Literary Festival (clickable) Brochure

Our lineup of luminous writers includes Michael Ruhlman, Chef Jeff Henderson (appearing for the ODU President’s Lecture Series), Annia Csiezadlo, Sarah Lightman, Tarfia Faizullah, Sasha Pimentel, Ellen Dore Watson, Kate Christensen, Nikky Finney, and Jane Hirshfield.

Other events will feature MFA Alumni Tara Shea Burke, Dana Staves, Dianne Alford, and Lorraine Eaton; and ODU Faculty Delores Phillips, Tom Socha, and Don Zeigler.