Southern Fried Asian: Luisa A. Igloria

On a brand new Southern Fried Asian, Keith reconnects with his former college professor, Luisa A. Igloria, who was just named the first Filipina American poet laureate of Virginia.

They kick off the podcast reminiscing about her first year as a professor of English at Old Dominion University (1:15) and being integral to the development of Filipino American studies at the school (3:00). Luisa then talks about her time as director of ODU’s MFA program (11:45) before describing what it was like to be named Poet Laureate in the time of corona (15:00). Then, they have a discussion about the ways technology has changed the way poetry can be perceived (21:00) and her process for writing a poem a day for the last ten years (25:00). She even graces the podcast with a reading of a recent poem, “America” (36:00). Finally, Luisa sings the praises of the local Asian groceries in Hampton Roads (40:45).

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Southern Fried Asian is produced by Keith Chow and Jes Vu.