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#AllPinayEverything: Elieen Tabios


Are you interested in reading Pinay Lit, but you don't know where to start? Here is our first recommendation: the very prolific Eileen R. Tabios. Below are some links to reviews of her works.

Reviews of THE THORN ROSARY by Joi Barrios at, and by Aileen Ibardaloza at

Aileen Ibardaloza reviews THE AWAKENING at OurOwnVoice:


Steven Hom reviews NOTA BENE EISWEIN, SILK EGG and FOOTNOTES TO ALGEBRA at Asian American Literature Fans:

Nicholas Manning reviews THE LIGHT SANG AS IT LEFT YOUR EYES at Cordite:  Fred Muratori also reviews it for American Book Review:

Thomas Fink reviews SILENCES: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF LOSS at Otoliths:

Anny Ballardini reviews I TAKE THEE, ENGLISH, FOR MY BELOVED at Jacket:




"To bring the poem into the world
is to bring the world into the poem."

We are pleased to share the inauguration of POETS ON THE GREAT RECESSION at .  The project features poets presenting the many varied face(t)s of their Great Recession experience, and how such has affected (or not) their poetry.  We are looking for more poets to participate (see Call below), but poets launching the project are:

Anonymous November 2011 ("Neither of my books accepted for publication in 2008 will be issued....I have more than ten unpublished manuscripts.")

Alan BakerNovember 2011 ("England's lamentable slaverie // the kettle’s boiled")

Michelle BautistaNovember 2011 ("'s important for me to be present, forgiving, truthful, and loving.")

John Bloomberg-RissmanNovember 2011 ("The lower the level of education, the more likely a voter is to take seriously racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-science, religiously fanatical, etc etc candidates.")

Susan BrianteNovember 2011 ("... a new confessional—an economic confessional. What’s in your bank account, Poet? Who paid for your down payment? What do you owe? ...we have to locate our place in an economic continuum before we can honestly define our needs, understand the needs of others, activate our sympathies, act for change.")

Anne GorrickNovember 2011 ("The Great Recession set up a situation where I can say 'yes' to many, many things that make my own work bigger.")

j/j hastainNovember 2011 ("This is a pledge to ever couple with and to never cripple.")

Karen LlagasNovember 2011 (""Let no one say / it’s just about the money, / that slender, / grief-stricken thing, / so thirsty for company")

Barbara Jane ReyesNovember 2011 ("...surviving this recession as an artist requires that artists do away with a sense of entitlement...")

Leny M. StrobelNovember 2011 ("Decolonization is not just for the post-colonial subject anymore.")

Eileen R. TabiosNovember 2011 ("Gold for Poetry....I consider Poetry to be priceless.")

Dee ThompsonNovember 2011 ("Who is not comforted by eggs and cheese?")

Elizabeth TreadwellNovember 2011 ("male dominance obscures / the true contributions of men.")

Erin VirgilNovember 2011 ("Babies never made me sad before.")

Harriet Zinnes November 2011 ("There are no outcasts in history. / We are all in its throes.")


We are always looking for more poets to participate.  Call for Participation is at  Participating poets are asked simply to answer three questions:

1) What is (part of) your Great Recession experience?
2) How has the Great Recession affected your poetry?
3) Please share a poem(s) addressing your Great Recession experience.


POETS ON THE GREAT RECESSION is the second of a planned curated series of POETS ON ____ [insert BIG TOPIC on blank].  The first project was POETS ON ADOPTION, for which we continue to look for participants, at .  We invite you to read, participate and please spread the word.

Eileen Tabios,
Poet & Curator of POETS ON ____ series



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

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 and via interactive exhibitions on a personalized website at

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 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: 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.

Reviews: Eileen R. Tabios Megapost


From Stephen H. Sohn at asianamlitfans: [gallery]

With reflections on Nota Bene Eiswein (Ahadada Books, 2009), Silk Egg: Collected Novels (Shearsman Books, 2011) and Footnotes to Algebra (BlazeVox Books, 2009).

I doubt many can match Eileen R. Tabios’s publishing record in the last two decades, with more collections and artistic works that I can possibly count or name. As her biography page from Shearsman Books reads, “Eileen R. Tabios has released 18 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. Recipient of the Philippines' National Book Award for Poetry for her first poetry book Beyond Life Sentences, she has exhibited visual poetry and visual art throughout the United States and Asia. She has also edited, co-edited or conceptualized nine anthologies of poetry, fiction and essays.” Of the 18 print collections, I can only offer some reflections on her most recent in this post, but given more time, I’m sure I will return to discussing more of them. I’m of curious what it means to release a CD poetry collection, so maybe I’ll get to get on that one next.

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