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 & Prizes

Two-Countries Anthology (Red Hen Press, 2017)
Coming Close (University of Iowa Press, 2013)
Collective Brightness (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2012)
Encounters (Skinner House Books, 2011)
The Waiting Room Reader (CavanKerry Press, 2009)
Language for a New Century (W. W. Norton & Company, 2008)
Collaborations (Ravenna Press, 2007)
PinoyPoetics (Meritage Press, 2004)
Tilting the Continent (New Rivers Press, 2000)
Threshold (CavanKerry Press, 2017)
Imago (CavanKerry Press, 2007)
Aviary, Bestiary (Organic Weapon Arts, 2014)
Subways (Thrush Press, 2013)
American Life in Poetry
Bamboo Ridge
Bloomsbury Review
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Crab Orchard Review
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from the fishouse
Gay and Lesbian Review
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Poetry Magazine
Puerto del Sol
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Spoon River Poetry Review
The Drunken Boat
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Tuesday; An Art Project
Water~Stone Review
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 update: Jun 05, 2018