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Writers in Residence Presents: Holly Iglesias

Feb 13

Holly Iglesias’ work includes three collections of poetry— Sleeping Things (Press 53, 2018), Angles of Approach (White Pine Press, 2010) and Souvenirs of a Shrunken World (Kore Press, 2008)—and a work of criticism, Boxing Inside the Box: Women’s Prose Poetry (Quale Press, 2004). She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council, the Edward Albee Foundation, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Currently she is working on a series of essays that respond to a trove of correspondence between her mother and friends she made working at a defense plant during World War II. Iglesias was born in St. Louis into a German-Irish family; her children and grandchildren are Cuban-American. She is fluent in Spanish, wishing she could read and write it better, and wishing as well that she could speak German and French and Gaelic (alas). She has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in history and a doctorate in interdisciplinary humanities, and taught at the University of North Carolina-Asheville in the Master of Liberal Arts Program and the Creative Writing Program. Before that she worked as a secretary, tax preparer, office manager, actor and reporter. She recently retired to Miami and occasionally teaches in the MFA Program at University of Miami, offering workshops in documentary and archival poetry.

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