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W&L’s First Glasgow Distinguished Writer to Give Public Reading

“We’re immensely excited to launch this program through an innovative course taught by a gifted, prolific and versatile writer.”

Washington and Lee University’s first annual Glasgow distinguished visiting writer, Luisa A. Igloria, will give a public reading on May 1 at 4:30 p.m. in Leyburn Library’s Book Nook.

There will be refreshments and books for sale following the reading, which is free and open to the public.

Igloria is the author of 14 books of poetry and three chapbooks. She is a professor of creative writing and English, and from 2009-2015 was director of the MFA Creative Writing Program at Old Dominion University.

Igloria is the recipient of multiple awards for her writing, including an 11-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 prize.

She will also be on campus during Spring Term to teach an advanced creative writing course titled Exploring Prose Poems and Other Hybrid Forms.

The Glasgow visiting writer program is a new collaboration between the Glasgow Endowment Committee and the Center for Poetic Research, led by Seth Michelson.

“We’re immensely excited to launch this program through an innovative course taught by a gifted, prolific and versatile writer,” said Lesley Wheeler, Henry S. Fox Professor of English.