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Eugene Gloria

My Favorite Warlord

Penguin Books

2013 Fiction

Eugene Gloria was born in Manila, Philippines, and raised in San Francisco. He was educated at San Francisco State University, Miami University of Ohio, and the University of Oregon. He is the author of three books of poems. His first collection of poetry, Drivers at the Short-Time Motel, was selected for the 1999 National Poetry Series and also won the Asian American Literary Award. Gloria is also the recipient of a Fulbright Research Grant, a Poetry Society of America award, and a Pushcart Prize.

In his Anisfield-Wolf Book Award winner, Gloria collects 35 striking poems in My Favorite Warlord, a vivid, fast-paced book that looks at Filipino heritage, samurai, fathers, masculinity, and memory. “Here, On Earth” considers the bright faces in a restaurant in “a bad neighborhood,” while “Allegory of the Laundromat” recalls 1967 with “astronauts burning in their space capsule, Wole Soyinka being hauled to jail…”.

He teaches creative writing and English literature at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. He is spending the 2013 spring semester as the Arts & Sciences Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bowling Green State University.

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Blog Posts about Eugene Gloria

Poet Eugene Gloria Brings Discussion On Identity To Hiram College

  Credit: Kirsten L. Parkinson Tom Pantic, a junior at Hiram College in Ohio, wanted to know how poet Eugene Gloria felt about being put in the Asian box. Gloria, known for his nuanced poems exploring identity, geography and masculinity, took a moment in the college’s wood-paneled Alumni Heritage Room to gather his thoughts on a complicated question. “I’m OK with being grouped with Asian American poets – I’m very proud of that community,” he said. “It is a problem to be put on the ethnic shelf, with ‘American poets... Read More →

VIDEO: 2013 Winner Eugene Gloria On Winning The 2013 Anisfield-Wolf Award For Poetry

Eugene Gloria's My Favorite Warlord earned praise from the Anisfield-Wolf jury for his "vivid and striking" work examining masculinity, identity, and heritage. His 2012 collection of poetry helped him snag his latest literary prize, the 2013 Anisfield-Wolf award for poetry. Prior to this year's ceremony, we talked to Gloria about what winning the award meant to him and where he sees his career headed next.  Eugene Gloria On Winning A 2013 Anisfield-Wolf Award For Poetry from Anisfield Wolf on Vimeo. Read More →

"We Are All Political": Poets Eugene Gloria & Kazim Ali Move The Crowd At MOCA

Eugene Gloria, this year's winner for poetry, reads from My Beloved Warlord at the 2013 awards ceremonyEugene Gloria says that he is fascinated by failure. He was quick to describe a particular poem or two as failed, and even his book, “My Favorite Warlord,” which won a 2013 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, as a failure of his original idea to describe 1967.“I ran out of ideas for 1967, became bored,” Gloria told listeners at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland. “I ran out of gas, even though I was obsessed by it. The idea of... Read More →

REVIEW: Eugene Gloria, My Favorite Warlord

by Kathleen Cerveny   My Favorite Warlord, by Eugene Gloria, is the recipient of the 2013 Anisfield Wolf Book Award for Poetry.  This award, administered by the Cleveland Foundation, recognizes books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures. Now in its 78th year, the Award is juried independently by a panel of scholars led by Dr. Henry Louis Gates.    In this, his third book of poetry, Eugene Gloria continues his focus on his cultural origins in... Read More →

Meet Eugene Gloria, 2013 Winner For Poetry

Eugene Gloria Eugene Gloria's 2012 poetry collection, My Favorite Warlord, won this year's Anisfield-Wolf prize for poetry. Born in Manila, Phillippines, Gloria uses My Favorite Warlord's 35 poems to explore Filipino heritage, samurai, fathers, masculinity, and memory. Publishers Weekly praised the work, noting that Gloria "sets himself confidently against injustice, in favor of inquiry, amid the eclectic language of contemporary scenes." Gloria has written two other books of poems—Hoodlum Bird (2006) and Drivers at the Short-Time Motel (2000)... Read More →

Meet Our 2013 Winners!

Laird Hunt The jury has spoken and five new authors will join the Anisfield-Wolf family. Our 2013 winners are:  Laird Hunt, Kind One, Fiction Kevin Powers, The Yellow Birds, Fiction Eugene Gloria, My Favorite Warlord, Poetry Andrew Solomon, Far From the Tree, Nonfiction Wole Soyinka, Lifetime Achievement “The 2013 Anisfield-Wolf winners are exemplars who broaden our vision of race and diversity,” said Henry Louis Gates, Jr., who chairs the jury. “This year, there is exceptional writing about the war in Iraq, slavery on a... Read More →
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