Luis H. Francia teaches literature at Hunter College, language at New York University, and creative writing at the City University of Hong Kong. His poetry collections include The Arctic Archipelago and Other Poems, Museum of Absences, and, the latest, The Beauty of Ghosts. His poems have been included in numerous anthologies, including Language for a New Century, Field of Mirrors, and Love Rise Up!
His nonfiction works include the memoir Eye of the Fish: A Personal Archipelago, winner of both the PEN Open Book Award and the Asian American Writers award, and Memories of Overdevelopment: Reviews and Essays of Two Decades. He is in the Library of America’s Four Centuries of Immigrant Writing. His A History of the Philippines: From Indios Bravos to Filipinos was published in 2010. He is the editor of Brown River, White Ocean: A Twentieth Century Anthology of Philippine Literature in English, and co-editor of Flippin’: Filipinos on America and Vestiges of War: The Philippine-American War and the Aftermath of an Imperial Dream, 1899-1999. In September 2012, Bindlestiff Studio in San Francisco gave his first full-length play The Strange Case of Citizen de la Cruz its world premiere.
He was a regular contributor to The Village Voice, The Nation, and was the New York correspondent for Asiaweek and The Far Eastern Economic Review. He writes an online column, “The Artist Abroad,” for Manila’s Philippine Daily Inquirer. He and his wife Midori Yamamura are proud members of the 99 percent, and live in Queens.
For more information, see
- His bio page with excerpts from his works at City University of Hong Kong
- Selected poems at 2nd Avenue Poetry
- An excerpt from "Meditation #7: Prayer for Peace" at Project Muse
- The poems "Oblivion" and "For the Lovers in Fallujah" at Drunken Boat
- The 7 December 2012 interview at CUNY Luis Francia: A Filipino Writer in the World (video below)
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