Young men who were called to serve but dodged the draft or deserted some long and useless war. The heiress who spent years in jail for acts of terrorism. The brother-in-law of a public servant caught in possession of cocaine (but not the public servant, ). The states- man who lied about illegally selling arms to terrorists. The former governor who once appeared on a celebrity TV show, sentenced for solicitation of bribes. The sheriff who put hundreds of undocumented immigrants in jail; who humiliated them and issued them pink underwear. The man who robbed the US Mail in 1829 (actually, the only one so far to refuse a presidential pardon). Everyone else ready to give themselves and other rich, powerful and well- connected white men a Christmas pardon, an 11th hour pardon, a means of supposedly wiping their slates clean.
Poet Luisa A. Igloria (Poetry Foundation web page, author webpage ) was recently appointed Poet Laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia (2020-2022). She is Co-Winner of the 2019 Crab Orchard Open Competition in Poetry for Maps for Migrants and Ghosts (Southern Illinois University Press, September 2020). She is the winner of the 2015 Resurgence Prize (UK), the world’s first major award for ecopoetry, selected by former UK poet laureate Sir Andrew Motion, Alice Oswald, and Jo Shapcott. She is the author of What is Left of Wings, I Ask (2018 Center for the Book Arts Letterpress Chapbook Prize, selected by former US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey); Bright as Mirrors Left in the Grass (Kudzu House Press eChapbook selection for Spring 2015), Ode to the Heart Smaller than a Pencil Eraser (Utah State University Press, 2014 May Swenson Prize), Night Willow (Phoenicia Publishing, 2014), The Saints of Streets (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2013), Juan Luna’s Revolver (2009 Ernest Sandeen Prize, University of Notre Dame Press), and nine other books. She is a member of the core faculty of the MFA Creative Writing Program at Old Dominion University which she directed from 2009-2015; she also teaches classes at The Muse Writers’ Center in Norfolk. In 2018, she was the inaugural Glasgow Distinguished Writer in Residence at Washington and Lee University. When she isn’t writing, reading, or teaching, she cooks with her family, knits, hand-binds books, and listens to tango music.