Luisa A. Igloria

Luisa A. Igloria was appointed by then Virginia Governor Ralph Northam in July 2020 as the 20th Poet Laureate of Virginia, serving a two year term from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2022. In April 2021, she was 1 of 23 Poet Laureates nationwide who received a 2021 Poet Laureate Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets.

With Rita Dove who was the first African American Poet Laureate of VA and of the United States, Sofia Starnes (of Spanish and Filipino ancestry), Tim Seibles, and Luisa A. Igloria, now there are four poets of color who have been appointed to this distinguished position.