Joseph O. Legaspi


Author's Bio

Joseph O. Legaspi is the author of Threshold (CavanKerry Press) and Imago (University of Santo Tomas Press; and CavanKerry Press) and three chapbooks: Postcards (Ghost Bird Press), Aviary, Bestiary (Organic Weapon Arts), winner of The Blair Prize, and Subways (Thrush Press). He lives in Queens, NY, works at Columbia University, and teaches at Fordham University. His poems appeared in Poem-A-Day from the Academy of American Poets, POETRY, New England Review, World Literature Today, jubilat, Beloit Poetry Journal, Waxwing, Copper Nickel, Salt Hill, Diode, Gay & Lesbian Review, North American Review, Water~Stone Review, From the Fishouse, and the anthologies Language for a New Century (W.W. Norton), Collective Brightness (Sibling Rivalry Press), Flicker and Spark (Low Brow Press) and Coming Close (Prairie Lights Books/University of Iowa Press). He co-founded Kundiman (, a non-profit organization serving generations of Asian American writers and readers.

Publications and Prizes

(CavanKerry Press, 2007)
, Threshold
(CavanKerry Press, 2017)
(Ravenna Press, 2007)
, Collective Brightness
(Sibling Rivalry Press, 2012)
, Coming Close
(University of Iowa Press, 2013)
, Encounters
(Skinner House Books, 2011)
, Language for a New Century
(W. W. Norton & Company, 2008)
, PinoyPoetics
(Meritage Press, 2004)
, The Waiting Room Reader
(CavanKerry Press, 2009)
, Tilting the Continent
(New Rivers Press, 2000)
, Two-Countries Anthology
(Red Hen Press, 2017)
American Life in Poetry, Bamboo Ridge, Bloomsbury Review, Callaloo, Crab Creek Review, Crab Orchard Review, CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art and Action, Diode, from the fishouse, Gay and Lesbian Review, Gulf Coast, Hayden's Ferry Review, Hyphen, Jubilat, Literary Review, Memorious, MiPOesias, New England Review, North American Review, Orion, Painted Bride Quarterly, PEN International, Poet Lore, Poetry Magazine, Puerto del Sol, Rattapallax, Salt Hill, Seneca Review, Smartish Pace, Sou'wester, South Dakota Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Collagist, The Drunken Boat, Normal School, Tidal Basin Review, Tuesday; An Art Project, Water~Stone Review, World Literature Today
Aviary, Bestiary
(Organic Weapon Arts, 2014)
, Subways
(Thrush Press, 2013)
Prizes Won: 
Fulbright Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, Global Filipino Award, David Blair Memorial Chapbook Prize, Ledig House/Art Omi residency

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Asian American
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Manila, Philippines
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Los Angeles, CA
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Last updated: Jun 05, 2018