About

“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

Haptic Portrait by Jean Vengua

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

Eileen R. Tabios loves books and has released about 40 collections of poetry, fiction, essays, and experimental biographies from publishers in nine countries and cyberspace. Publications include two Selected Poems projects, 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 collected novels, SILK EGG; an experimental autobiography AGAINST MISANTHROPY; and her first bilingual edition, the English and Romanian I FORGOT ARS POETICA / AM UITAT ARTA POETICA. 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 eight 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 ten anthologies of poetry, fiction and essays as well as exhibited visual art and visual poetry in the United States, Asia and Serbia.

Eileen Tabios with son Michael

Eileen Tabios with son Michael

She would like to thank the following organizations for having supported her work: Academy of American Poets Poetry Book Club, Asian American Writers Workshop, Asian Pacific Association of Librarians, 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, Small Press Traffic, Ucross Foundation, Villa Montalvo, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Virginia, Waters & Associates, Witter Bynner Foundation, and Xavier University.

Most Recent Publications:

AMNESIA: Somebody’s Memoir (Black Radish Books, 2016)

I FORGOT ARS POETICA / AM UITAT ARTA POETICA (Pim Publishing House’s “Bibliotheca Universalis” Collection, Iasi, Romania, 2016)

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

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

EXCAVATING THE FILIPINO IN ME (Tinfish Press, Hawai’i, 2016)