“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.)



A FIRST NOVEL: DoveLion: A Fairy Tale for Our Times

“Eileen R. Tabios: From Poet to Novelist” at Positively Filipino

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Eileen R. Tabios loves books and has released over 70  collections of poetry, fiction, essays, and experimental biographies from publishers in ten countries and cyberspace. Publications include the long-form novel DoveLion: A Fairy Tale for Our Times; the 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 books translated into French and three bilingual and one trilingual editions involving English, Spanish, Thai, 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 and Asia. 

Selected Recent Publications:


DOVELION is the new classic for Indigenous Futurism.”
—Dr. Leny M. Strobel, editor of BABAYLAN: Filipinos and the Call of the Indigenous

DOVELION: A Fairy Tale for Our Times (AC Books, New York, 2021)



Getting to One (flash fiction with art by harry k stammer, Sandy Press, 2023)

KAPWA’S NOVELS (Booksby Press, Ohio, 2022)

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)



BECAUSE I LOVE YOU, I BECOME WAR (Marsh Hawk Press, New York, 2023)

Simmering (Otoliths, Australia, 2022)

PRISES (DOUBLE-TAKE) (Angle Mort Editions, France, 2022)

Sunflowers Became Gray, But (Poems-for-all, San Diego, 2022)

The In(ter)vention of the Hay(na)ku:  Selected Tercets 1996-2019 (Marsh Hawk Press, New York, 2019 hardback; 2021 paperback) 

La Vie érotique de l’art (Serie Discrete, Bordeaux, France, 2021)

Political Love (Booksby Press, Parma, OH, 2021)

The Rebel’s Son (Victoria Library, Saint Helena, CA, 2021)

The Silence is Deafening (Victoria Library, Saint Helena, CA, 2021)

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

WE ARE IT (Dusie, 2020)

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, 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)

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

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


Haptic Portrait by Jean Vengua

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

Eileen R. Tabios would like to thank the following organizations for having supported her work: Academy of American Poets Poetry Book Club, Alliance of Emerging Creative Artists, 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, Daly City Public Library, Daniel and Joanna Rose Foundation, Fundacion Valparaiso (Spain), Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, Interlope: A Journal of Asian America Poetics and Issues, Judds Hill (Annual Poetry Prize), Locus Arts Events Performance Space, 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, San Mateo Poet Laureate Program, Small Press Traffic, The Asian Pacific American Journal, Ucross Foundation, Villa Montalvo, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Virginia, Waters & Associates, Witter Bynner Foundation, and Xavier University.

DOVELION welcomes you.