“a restlessness, an ardent quest for a means of pure saying.”
—American Book Review

“one of the foremost Filipino American poets of the 21st century.”
—Asian Week

“enormous tonal range in her poetry. A breathless intensity may be her most characteristic mode.”
—kultureflash: Headlines from London

“[Eileen R.] Tabios’ concern for our world is global in its reach.”
—Contemporary Literary Review of India

“Eileen R. Tabios is one of the more adventuresome and truly creative poets before the public today.”
—San Francisco Review of Books

“The poetry of Eileen Tabios invites us to look at what it truly means to be part of the human race, not merely a fragment of it.”
—The Poetry Shed (U.K.)

FORTHCOMING in 2021: DoveLion: A Fairy Tale for Our Times
(Eileen R. Tabios’ first long-form novel!)

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Eileen R. Tabios loves books and has released over 60  collections of poetry, fiction, essays, and experimental biographies from publishers in ten countries and cyberspace. Publications include form-based Selected Poems, The In(ter)vention of the Hay(na)ku: Selected Tercets (1996-2019), THE GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL: Selected Visual Poetry (2001-2019)INVENT(ST)ORY: Selected Catalog Poems & New (1996-2015), and THE THORN ROSARY: Selected Prose Poems & New (1998-2010); the first book-length haybun collection, 147 MILLION ORPHANS (MMXI-MML); a collection of 7-chapter novels, SILK EGG; an experimental autobiography AGAINST MISANTHROPY; as well as two  bilingual and one trilingual editions involving English, Spanish, and Romanian. Her award-winning body of work includes invention of the hay(na)ku poetic form as well as a first poetry book, Beyond Life Sentences (1998), which received the Philippines’ National Book Award for Poetry (Manila Critics Circle). Her poems have been translated into 11  languages as well as computer-generated hybrid languages, paintings, video, drawings, visual poetry, mixed media collages, Kali martial arts, music, modern dance, sculpture and a sweat shirt. Additionally, she has edited, co-edited or conceptualized 15 anthologies of poetry, fiction and essays as well as exhibited visual art and visual poetry in the United States, Asia and Serbia.

Haptic Portrait by Jean Vengua

A haptic portrait of Eileen Tabios by poet-artist Jean Vengua.

She would like to thank the following organizations for having supported her work: Academy of American Poets Poetry Book Club, Arts Council England, Asian American Writers Workshop, Asian Pacific Association of Librarians, Ateneo Library of Women’s Writings, Balay Kreative, Barbara Deming Memorial Award Foundation, Barry Magid, Boro Inc., California Council for the Humanities, Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, Daniel and Joanna Rose Foundation, Fundacion Valparaiso (Spain), Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, Judds Hill (Annual Poetry Prize), MacDowell Colony, Manila Critics Circle (Philippines), National Endowment of the Arts, New York City Downtown Cultural Council, New York State Council on the Humanities, Oenophiles for Poetry, OurOwnVoice, PEN/Oakland-Josephine Miles National Literary Award, PEN-Open Book Committee, Philippine American Writers & Artists, Poet Magazine (Iva Mary Williams Poetry Award), Poets & Writers, Inc., The Potrero Nuevo Fund Prize, Princeton Women’s Book Group, Saint Helena Public Library, San Francisco Public Library Filipino American Center, Small Press Traffic, Ucross Foundation, Villa Montalvo, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Virginia, Waters & Associates, Witter Bynner Foundation, and Xavier University.

Selected Recent Publications:


PAGPAG: The Dictator’s Aftermath in the Diaspora (short stories, Paloma Press, San Mateo, 2020)

TINY STICKERS: A Covid-19 Autobiography (memoir, Otoliths, Australia, 2020)

WHAT COUNTS (short story bound as 2″ x 3″ miniature book, Tony Firman Bookbinding, Haslet, Texas, 2020)


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INCULPATORY EVIDENCE: The Covid-19 Poems (Laughing/Ouch/Cube/Productions and i.e. press, California-New York, 2020)

WE ARE IT (Dusie, 2020)

The In(ter)vention of the Hay(na)ku:  Selected Tercets 1996-2019 (Marsh Hawk Press, New York, 2019)

Witness in the Convex Mirror (TinFish Press, Hawai’i, 2019)

EVOCARE: Tankas, with Ayo Gutierrez and Brian Cain Aene (GMGA Entertainment Productions, Philippines, 2019)

THE GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL: Selected Visual Poetry (2001-2019) (Paloma Press, San Mateo, 2019)

One Two Three: Selected Hay(na)ku Poems, with Spanish translations by Rebeka Lembo (Paloma Press, San Mateo, 2018)

Tanka for Chef Tom (Galatea LLC, Saint Helena, 2018)

TANKA, Vol. I (Simulacrum Press, Ontario, Canada, 2018)

HIRAETH: Tercets From the Last Archipelago (The Knives, Forks and Spoons Press, Newton-Le-Willows, U.K., 2018)

MURDER DEATH RESURRECTION: A Poetry Generator (Dos Madres Press, Loveland, OH, 2018)

MANHATTAN: An Archaeology (Paloma Press, San Mateo, CA, 2017)

Love In A Time of Belligerence (Éditions du Cygne/SWAN World, Paris, France, 2017)

MARAWI, with Albert E. Alejo (Paloma Press’ Mi-Go Zine imprint, San Mateo, 2017)

#EileenWritesNovel (Otoliths, Home Hill, Australia, 2017)

MAKING NATIONAL POETRY MONTH GREAT AGAIN! (Locofo Chaps/Moria Books, Chicago, 2017)

COMPREHENDING MORTALITY, with John Bloomberg-Rissman (Locofo Chaps/Moria Books, Chicago, 2017)

IMMIGRANT: Hay(na)ku & Other Poems In A New Land (Locofo Chaps/Moria Books, Chicago, 2017)

What Shivering Monks Comprehend (Locofo Chaps/Moria Books, Chicago, 2017)

If They Hadn’t Worn White Hoods, 8 Million Would Have Shown Up in the Photographs, with John Bloomberg-Rissman (Locofo Chaps/Moria Books, Chicago, 2017)

THE OPPOSITE OF CLAUSTROPHOBIA: Prime’s Anti-Autobiography (The Knives, Forks and Spoons Press, Newton-Le-Willows, U.K., 2017)

TO BE AN EMPIRE IS TO BURN! (Locofo Chaps/Moria Books, Chicago, 2017)

Post-Ecstasy Mutations and On Green Lawn, The Scent of White (Poems-For-All, San Diego, 2017)

AMNESIA: Somebody’s Memoir (Black Radish Books, New York-California, 2016)

THE CONNOISSEUR OF ALLEYS (Marsh Hawk Press, New York, 2016)

The Gilded Age of Kickstarters (dancing girl press & studio, Chicago, 2016)

INVENT(ST)ORY: Selected Catalog Poems & New (1996-2015) (Dos Madres Press, Loveland, OH, 2015)

THE THORN ROSARY: Selected Prose Poems & New (1998-2010) (Marsh Hawk Press, New York, 2010)


Books by Eileen R. Tabios at MacDowell Colony’s James Baldwin Library