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ARDOR Literary Magazine - Issue Two, May 2013

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(cont.) ideal relationship between teaching and writing is an organic one, where each is supportive of the other. ARDOR: How do you spend your time when you aren't writing? LI: Family life is very important to me. I spend time with my family – we love to cook, make things with our hands (I do some bookbinding; I knit, crochet, sketch, and paint). We love trying out new food, tweaking recipes. I drive my youngest daughter to and from school and rehearsals etc. I supervise homework. I try to keep a clean ship. I prefer doing dishes and laundry to ironing; and I wish someone would invent toasters that weren't so freaking hard to clean. Friday nights you'll likely find us at a bookstore, browsing or reading. I do some yoga. ARDOR: What advice would you offer to a writer who is just starting out? LI: Read as much as you possibly can. Write even more. Listen to advice, but learn to sort out what's bullshit (including your own). Seek a community of writers who will be supportive in these ways. There will be ego, there is always ego; but it isn't always your friend. Above all, never ever lose the fire in your gut. ▪ [END] LUISA A. IGLORIA is Professor of Creative Writing and English, and Director of the MFA Creative Writing Program at Old Dominion University. She is the author of The Saints of Streets (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, Fall 2013), Juan Luna's Revolver (2009 Ernest Sandeen Prize, University of Notre Dame Press), Trill & Mordent (WordTech Editions, 2005) and 8 other books. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, including Poetry, Crab Orchard Review, poemeleon, The Missouri Review, qarrtsiluni, Silk Road, Indiana Review, Rattle, and TriQuarterly. Various literary awards include the 2007 49th Parallel Poetry Prize (selected by Carolyne Wright for the Bellingham Review), the 2007 James Hearst Poetry Prize (selected by former US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser for the North American Review); the 2006 National Writers Union Poetry Prize (selected by Adrienne Rich); and the 2006 Richard Peterson Poetry Prize (Crab Orchard Review). Luisa is also an eleven-time recipient of the Philippines' highest literary prize – the Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature – in three genres, and its Hall of Fame distinction. Luisa has degrees from the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she was a Fulbright Fellow from 1992-1995. Since November 20, 2010, she has been writing (at least) a poem a day, archived at Dave Bonta's Via Negativa site. She enjoys cooking with her family, book-binding, and listening to tango music.

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