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Tag Archives: 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’ shelved elsewhere – that’s a problem for me. I’m happy to represent. I’m a Filipino poet but there are many other identities I inhabit.” Gloria, now 58, was the youngest of six children when his family left Manila and settled in San... 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 failure is fascinating to me.”And yet, 1967 is a fulcrum in “My Favorite Warlord” – the year his family arrived in San Francisco from the Philippines, the year his future wife was born in Detroit, the year that Wole Soyinka is “being hauled to... 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 the Philippines.  He offers poems that range between accessibility and a satisfyingly complex look at the experiences of Asians growing up in America; he examines family and home — both here and far away — and identity and belonging.   From... Read More →

Meet Eugene Gloria, 2013 Winner For Poetry

Eugene GloriaEugene 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). His honors and awards include an Asian American Literary Award, a Fulbright Research Grant, a San Francisco Art Commission grant, a Poetry Society of America award, and a Pushcart Prize. He teaches creative writing and English literature at DePauw Univ... Read More →

Meet Our 2013 Winners!

Laird HuntThe 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 Kentucky pig farm, the Filipino experience in the U.S., and the complexity of families in which a child is radically different from parents.” Gates directs the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research at Harvard University, where... Read More →
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