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 50  collections of poetry, fiction, essays, and experimental biographies from publishers in nine countries and cyberspace. Publications include three Selected Poems projects, YOUR FATHER IS BALD: Selected Hay(na)ku Poems, 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; a bilingual edition, the English and Romanian I FORGOT ARS POETICA / AM UITAT ARTA POETICA; and a trilingual edition, the English, Romanian and Spanish YOUR FATHER IS BALD. 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 12 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, Arts Council England, 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:

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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)

WINTER ON WALL STREET: A Novella-in-Verse (Locofo Chaps/Moria Books, Chicago, 2017)

Big City Cante Intermedio (Tea & Tattered Pages, Milwaukee, 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)

YOUR FATHER IS BALD: Selected Hay(na)ku Poems (Pim Publishing House’s “Bibliotheca Universalis” Collection, Iasi, Romania, 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 (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)

As Editor, PUNETA: Political Pilipinx Poetry (Locofo Chaps/Moria Books, Chicago, 2017)

As Editor, Menopausal Hay(na)ku for P-Grubbers (Locofo Chaps/Moria Books, Chicago, 2017)

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

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

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