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10/24/2011: EILEEN R. TABIOS AT LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

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EILEEN R. TABIOS POETRY READING AT U.S. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS To celebrate October as Filipino Heritage Month, Eileen R.Tabios will present a poetry reading at 12 noon on Monday, October 24, 2011 at the Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Building (3rd Floor) at the Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave., S.E., Washington, DC. The reading will inaugurate the seasonal series, “Asian-American Poetry Today.” Ms. Tabios also will be interviewed by Rob Casper, Director of the Poetry & Literature Center. Both the reading and interview will be videotaped to become part of the Library's WebCast, available to viewers worldwide. The webcast is available at http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=3908.

The event is free and open to the public, and coincides with the Library of Congress’ acquisition of Archives by Eileen R. Tabios, a poet, fiction writer, editor, conceptual and performance artist, cultural activist, and literary and arts publisher. Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at www.loc.gov and via interactive exhibitions on a personalized website at http://myloc.gov.

The Library of Congress will house Ms. Tabios’ papers in its Asian American Pacific Islander Collection. The Library of Congress is a central repository for all types of Asian publications that are not broadly available at other locations in the United States. Initiated in 1869 with a gift of 10 works in 934 volumes offered to the United States by the Emperor of China, the Library’s Asian collection of more than 2 million items is the largest and most comprehensive outside of Asia. For more information about the division and its holdings, go to www.loc.gov/rr/asian/. Ms. Tabios’ “9-1-1” poem was recently featured in the Asian Reading Room's Post 9 1 1 collections display.

Eileen R. Tabios has created 19 print, 4 electronic and 1 CD poetry collections, an art-essay collection, a poetry essay/interview anthology, a short story book and a collection of novels. She also has exhibited visual poetry and visual art in the United States and Asia as well as edited, co-edited or conceptualized nine anthologies of poetry, fiction and essays. Her body of work is unique for melding ekphrasis with transcolonialism. Her poems have been translated into Spanish, Italian, Tagalog, Japanese, Portuguese, Polish, Greek, computer-generated hybrid languages, Paintings, Video, Drawings, Visual Poetry, Mixed Media Collages, Kali Martial Arts, Music, Modern Dance and Sculpture. She is the editor of Galatea Resurrects (A Poetry Engagement), a popular poetry review journal; curator of the inter(net)national blogged series “POETS ON _____”; and the founder of Meritage Press, a multi-disciplinary literary and arts press based in San Francisco & St. Helena.

For more information: http://www.loc.gov/poetry/events.html Contact: (202) 707-5394 This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow. Co-sponsored by the Asian Division of the Library of Congress.