Poet, Writer, Artist, Editor, Critic, Publisher, Mom

Wednesday, March 22, 2017



7 p.m.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
964 Pearl Street 
Napa, California 
accompanied by
Audrey Ward, author of Hidden Biscuits: Tales of Deep South Revivals Told by Heart
and musicians Ron and Esther Brunswick


BAMPFA Reading, Berkeley, CA
April 14, 2017
6 p.m.
2155 Center Street
Berkeley, CA


TransPacific Poetics Reading
1-4 p.m.
April 15, 2017
145 Dwinelle Hall
U.C. Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

Judge, Napa Teen Poetry Slam
4:30-7:30 p.m.
Wed., April 19, 2017
Napa Public Library
Napa, CA

(one of the prizes will be a book I published through Meritage Press)


April 20-23, 2017 Overall Schedule
My reading is on April 22, Saturday, 10 a.m. with Tinfish, in Room 1.


Dec.11, 2015

Nov. 15, 2015

Oct. 19, 2015

October 2015

Oct. 13, 2015

Oct. 2-4, 2015

Sept. 25, 2015

May 17, 2015

April 2015

April 19, 2015

Nov. 9, 2014

November 2014

Sept. 27, 2014

May 31, 2014

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017


In 2017, Eileen R. Tabios released two books outside the U.S. :

THE OPPOSITE OF CLAUSTROPHOBIA (Knives, Forks & Spoons Press, U.K.)
YOUR FATHER IS BALD: Selected Hay(na)ku Poems (Bibliotheca Universalis, Romania)

which will have their U.S. launches during the American National Poetry Month at

7 p.m.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
964 Pearl Street 
Napa, California 
Reading from several books & U.S. Book Launch for The Opposite of Claustrophobia
accompanied by
Audrey Ward, author of Hidden Biscuits: Tales of Deep South Revivals Told by Heart
and musicians Ron and Esther Brunswick

The public is invited!

Sunday, January 29, 2017


10 A.M. Sunday Morning Service
& Booksale After Service
1310 Adams Street
Saint Helena, CA 94574
707 963-2839

The Methodist Book Launch (so to speak, and it amuses me to speak of it as such) of AMNESIA: Somebody’s Memoir was one of the best poetry reading experiences of my life and shows just how fruitful it can be for poets to go beyond the usual literary world contexts for presenting their poems. And thanks to Leny Strobel and Cal for attending. Leny, as my bookseller during the reception, sold out my books and folks put in several orders—never had the book bag been so light after a poetry reading. She and I just may launch a reading tour of the Methodists churches in wine country! 

But what I also want to say is how synchronistically the poems ended up addressing the events of the week. There was the line “I forgot it need not take more than one person to bring the world to ruin…” which I’d written *after* the Greek Myth of Helen and the Trojan War, and yet came to address refugee matters. And when I introduced a poem partly inspired by the Philippines, unplanned by me came the line, “I just wanted to say I’m an immigrant too…” As well, it was good to share the line, “I forgot Muhammad welcoming Jews and Christians for they, too, are 'People of the Book.'" The best poems transcend authorial intent to befit whatever times surface in life, out of the poet’s control. I’m grateful I discovered some of my poems work in this manner.

I learned, too, that the cello (and piano, except that the cello was a revelation) is a wonderful accompaniment to my poems courtesy of the Napa Valley Duo. As well, I was blessed by the company of Linda Lang’s artworks. Anyway, my heart is full. Thank you, Universe. 

 (Rev. Audrey and Leny Strobel)

 (artist Linda Lang)

While my reading focused on AMNESIA, I also read poems from FOOTNOTES TO ALGEBRA and THE LIGHT SANG AS IT LEFT YOUR EYES:

Of course, I was blessed, too, to be in the company of Micah, Matthew, and Chopin.




And afterwards, the stillness of peace:

Monday, October 24, 2016


Book Presentations during Celebration for Filipino American History Month
Oct. 29, 2016, 2-4 pm
2025 Curtis Drive
Penngrove, CA

What a fabulous event--thanks to curator Sheila Bare , JJ Wilson and The Sitting Room community library. It was fabulous to read and present along with Justine Villanueva . The context--including an Ethel Adnan exhibit and, always, Virginia--was warm and interested. The cooks were superb. 'Twas joyful to say hello to my section in the library. And it didn't hurt that not only did all my books sell out but I brought home some mail orders! Here are some pics (click on images to enlarge):



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Saturday, October 22, 2016


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Napa Bookmine First Annual Local Authors Fest in Celebration of California Writer's Week
Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, Noon-2 p.m.
964 Pearl Street
Napa, CA 94559

Here are some photos from the event!

(AMNESIA is a Napa Bookmine Staff Pick!)

(the lovely, hard-working staff)

While manning a table, there'll be the occasional lull when no one is in front of you and you start casting your eyes about. In my case, I cast my eyes downward and saw the back covers of my books, including older books. And I ended up reading back cover blurbs that I'd not read in years -- as when Kevin Killian blurbed Menage a Trois With the 21st Century and when Tan Lin blurbed Black Lightning. And read them and thought, Hey, those old books aren't bad, are they?! :)Thanks to the blurbers!