Published November 18, 2021

Join Mack and friends as they explore the power and possibility of poetry for young readers with Luisa A. Igloria, 20th Poet Laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia and author of many collections of poetry and chapbooks!

To watch, play the embedded video below or watch Mack’s Corner with Luisa A. Igloria on YouTube.

Image of a spread from a zine by Luisa A. Igloria featuring the text: "When I had a fever, sometimes the elders in our household pounded garlic cloves into a paste which they smeared on the insides of my elbows and behind my knees; then they wrapped me in blankets... it was so GROSS... but my fever always broke more quickly (so there's that)."

If you’d like to make a zine like the one shown in the video above, check out WHERE I’M FROM, a DIY zine and poetry activity you can do from home or in your classroom.


Originally from Baguio City in the Philippines, Luisa A. Igloria is the author of 14 books of poetry and 4 chapbooks. In July 2020, Governor Ralph Northam appointed her as the 20th Poet Laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia. In April, she was one of 23 Poet Laureate recipients nationwide of a 2021 Poet Laureate Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets.

She has four daughters and now makes her home in Virginia with most of her family. She is a Louis I. Jaffe Professor of Creative Writing and English, and from 2009-2015 was Director of the MFA Creative Writing Program at Old Dominion University. In the Spring Term 2018, she was the inaugural Glasgow Visiting Writer in Residence at Washington & Lee University. 

In 2021, Igloria also invited applications from young poets throughout Virginia at the elementary, middle school, high school, and college undergraduate level, for her Virginia Young Poets in the Community initiative.

Hear Luisa A. Igloria read from her recent collection, Maps for Migrants and Ghosts, in this 2021 Virginia Festival of the Book program.

Photo by Gabriela Igloria


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