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Sunday, September 13, 2020


Saturday, 3-6 p.m.
Nov. 21, 2020
Ukiah Public Library
Ukiah, CA

Curated by Eileen R. Tabios
     for October as Filipino-American History Month
Saint Helena Public Library
Saint Helena, California

Daly City Public Library / John Daly Branch
134 Hillside Blvd., Daly City, CA
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
6 p.m.

Introducing the Poetry of “Hay(na)ku”!
Reading and Informal Poetry Workshop introducing the poetry form “hay(na)ku” invented by Eileen R. Tabios. She will be joined by accomplished hay(na)ku poetry writers Aileen Cassinetto, Melinda Luisa de Jesus and Melinda’s children, Malaya (age 8) and Stinson (age 13). Attendees will be shown how to write hay(na)ku, poets will present readings. Hay(na)ku books also will be available for sale.

Glimpses of a Challenging History Featuring Leny M. Strobel and Eileen R. Tabios
4-6 p.m., Saturday, May 16, 2020
1717 Yulupa Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95405

Leny M. Strobel and Eileen R. Tabios present new books on healing historical trauma through the powers of poetry, storytelling, music and dance. In GLIMPSES, Strobel provides a poetic memoir that reveal how personal experiences cannot be separate from globalization, colonization and other oppressive experiences of hierarchy.  In PAGPAG, Tabios presents short stories about children who left their homeland with parents who opposed Ferdinand Marcos’ dictatorship. Both reveal how words can create new worlds by surfacing new contexts that are more aligned with justice because, indeed, the personal is political and the political is personal. When we speak and write of justice, we are also invoking beauty. Beauty heals. Poetry heals. Stories heal. Guest artists also will provide song, dance and poetry.

10 River Terrace, NYC 10282
Friday, May 22, 2020
6 p.m.

BOOK LAUNCH for PAGPAG: The Dictator's Aftermath in the Diaspora
4-6 p.m., Saturday, May 23, 2020
Sponsored by Filipinx Artists of Houston and Alief Art House and FANHS-Texas
with guest poet Joi Barrios-Leblanc
Alief Art House
Alief Spark Park & Nature Center
8455-8479 Dairy View Ln
Houston, TX 77072                               BOOK LINK

Filipino-Pilipinz Art Exhibition in Honor of Filipino-American History Month
October, 2020
Saint Helena Public Library
Saint Helena, CA

Sunday, June 21, 2020


You are invited to

"The Dictator's Aftermath: A Conversation"
which will also launch Eileen R. Tabios' new book of short stories, 
PAGPAG: The Dictator’s Aftermath in the Diaspora

To participate, please go HERE for FB Live details.

The event starts at 5 p.m. Pacific on Saturday, July 18, 2020 
(July 19, Sunday, 8 a.m. Philippine time)

PAGPAG Author: Eileen R. Tabios
Moderator: Joi Barrios
Panelists: Fr. Bert Alejo, Nerissa Balce, Red Constantino, S. Lily Mendoza
Co-Hosts: Aileen Cassinetto, Michelle Bautista

Link information for PAGPAG: The Dictator’s Aftermath in the Diaspora –


Eileen R. Tabios has released over 60 collections of poetry, fiction, essays, and experimental biographies from publishers in ten countries and cyberspace. Recent releases include a short story collection, PAGPAG: The Dictator’s Aftermath in the Diaspora and a poetry collection, The In(ter)vention of the Hay(na)ku: Selected Tercets 1996-2019. Forthcoming soon is her third bilingual edition (English/Thai), INCULPATORY EVIDENCE: Covid-19 Poems. Her award-winning body of work includes invention of the hay(na)ku, a 21st century diasporic poetic form, and the MDR Poetry Generator that can create poems totaling theoretical infinity, as well as a first poetry book, Beyond Life Sentences, which received the Philippines’ National Book Award for Poetry. Translated into 11 languages, she has edited, co-edited or conceptualized 15 anthologies of poetry, fiction and essays. More information is available at http://eileenrtabios.com

Joi Barrios-Leblanc has published three books of poetry, including the Filipina feminist classic Ang Pagiging Babae ay Pamumuhay sa Panahon ng Digma /To Be Woman is to Live at a Time of War (Babaylan Women’s Publishing Collective, 1990). She is the author of a collection of plays, Bailaya (University of the Philippines Press, 1997), and her dissertation, Mula sa Mga Pakpak ng Entablado: Poetika ng Dulaang Kababaihan (University of the Philippines Press, 2006), is a study of Filipina playwrights. She has won several national writing awards in the Philippines: the Weaver of History Award, given to one hundred Filipinas for their contributions to Philippine society by the National Centennial Commission, 1998; the TOWNS Award (Ten Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service), 2004; and the Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas (National Balagtas Lifetime Achievement Award) for Poetry in Filipino, 2016. Barrios currently teaches Filipino and Philippine Literature at the University of California, Berkeley.

Albert E. Alejo ("Paring Bert") is a Filipino Jesuit priest who worked with trade unions and informal labour groups in Manila before earning a doctorate degree in social anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is founder of Ehem! Anti-corruption Initiative and author of Tao Po! Tuloy!: Isang Landas ng Pag-Unawa sa Loob ng TaoGenerating Energies In Mount Apo: Cultural Politics In A Contested EnviromentNabighani: Mga Saling Tula ng Kapwa Nilikha, and other works. He teaches at the Ateneo de Manila University, and his areas of specialization include Christian Social Ethics: Corruption and Violence and the Formation of Social Conscience, Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue, and Methods of Research for Doctor of Ministry.

Nerissa S. Balce is an Associate professor of Asian American studies at SUNY Stony Brook. Her research focuses on race, gender, state violence and popular culture in the U.S. and the Philippines. She is co-curator of the online art project, Dark Lens / Lente ng Karimlan: The Filipino Camera in Duterte’s Republic, an online exhibition of Philippine photographs of the drug war featuring commissioned poems and captions by 40 scholars and artists from the Philippines and North America.  Dark Lens  is currently on view at SUNY Stony Brook's  Center for the Study of Inequalities, Social Justice and Policy website. Balce is the author of the book, Body Parts of Empire: Visual Abjection, Filipino Images and the American Archive , winner of the 2018 Best Book award in Cultural Studies from the Filipino Section of the Association for Asian American Studies. The book was also a finalist for the best book in the social sciences for the 2018 Philippine National Book Awards. She was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. 

Renato Redentor ("Red") Constantino is the Executive Director of the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities and the author of The Poverty of Memory: Essays on History and Empire. He is anthologized in Letters to the Earth (HarperCollins, 2019) with Yoko Ono, Mary Oliver, Emma Thompson and Mark Rylance, Humanity (Paloma Press, 2018) with Eileen Tabios, Laura Mullen, and Murzban F. Shroff, Literary Encounters: A Comprehensive Worktext in 21st Century Literature from the Philippines (University of San Carlos Press, 2016), and the Japanese publication The World Can be Changed: An Anthology for Posterity (TUP/Seven Forest Bookstore, Tokyo: 2004), along with Ariel Dorfman, Jane Goodall, Chalmers Johnson, and Sami Ramadani. As head of ICSC, he published and contributed to the anthology, Agam: Filipino Narratives on Uncertainty and Climate Change (ICSC, 2014), which was awarded three national book awards. He writes for several publications, and his essays on history, memory, environment and development have been translated into several languages. Red also manages the Constantino Foundation which is dedicated to advancing the idea of a usable history, where lessons from the past become active elements of the present.

S. Lily Mendoza (she, her, hers) is a native of San Fernando, Pampanga in Central Luzon, Philippines, the traditional homeland of the Ayta peoples. She is a Professor of Culture and Communication at Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan and the current Director of the Center for Babaylan Studies (CfBS), a non-profit organization on Turtle Island (North America) offering educational programming aimed at facilitating decolonization and pagbabalik-loob (recovery of an indigenous way of being in the world) among Filipinos in the diaspora.  She is the author of Between the Homeland and the Diaspora: The Politics of Theorizing Filipino and Filipino American Identities and lead editor of Back from the Crocodile’s Belly: Philippine Babaylan Studies and the Struggle for Indigenous Memory and has also published widely in various cultural and native studies journals and anthologies on questions of identity and subjectivity, cultural politics in national, post- and trans- national contexts, discourses of indigenization, race, and ethnicity, and, more recently, civilization and climate change.