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Monday, May 3, 2021



Hay(na)ku Exhibition at the San Francisco Public Library
By the Filipino American Center, Third Floor
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
This is a reprise of the Hay(na)ku Exhibit Celebrating its 15th Year Anniversary; More information HERE.



Daly City Public Library Reading
Readings by Kirby Araullo, Vince Gotera, Leny Mendoza Strobel and Eileen R. Tabios
Host: Aileen Cassinetto
Wednesday May 19, 2021, 5 p.m. Pacific Time
ZOOM LINK to come

Unlikely Books Reading
Launching Joel Chace's new book fata Morgana, with Norman Fischer, Eileen R. Tabios and Olive Tierney
Tuesday, May 25, 2021, 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time
Host: Unlikely Books
ZOOM LINK to come


Summer of Emergence: New and  Recent Marsh Hawk Press Books
Readings by Jon Curley, Maya & Thomas Fink, and Eileen R. Tabios
Friday May 28 4, 2021 4 p.m. Pacific Time
Email Eileen (by May 15) for ZOOM invitation


Zoom-Based Local Reading Knowledge Series
June 13, 2021
11 a..m. California Time; 2 p.m. New York Time
Zoom Link to Come
Sponsor/Host: Local Knowledge Magazine and Jeff Wright




Eileen Tabios @ Tenderloin Museum (Kelsey Street Press Reading)
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Sunday, May 2, 2021



Virtual Events Per Covid-19:

Conversation/Launch of DOVELION: A Fairy Tale for Our Times
YOUTUBE video is available HERE
April 3, 2010
10 a.m. PST (California) Time; 1 p.m. New York Time; 7 p.m. Paris & Budapest Time
Conversation Between Eileen R. Tabios and Reine Arcache Melvin, before opening up Conversation to Zoom participants
Sponsor/Host: AC Books

Reine Arcache Melvin had helped edit DOVELION, Eileen R. Tabios' first novel, as well as provided the following advance words:

Erotically charged and intellectual, entertaining, always surprising, this virtuoso novel seduces with its layers, its characters, and its wide-ranging reflections on art, poetry, history, politics, and desire. The story circles around Elena, orphaned as a child in (the fictional country of) Pacifica and sent to live in the United States, where, as a young woman, she repeatedly seeks out a stranger for domination/submission encounters. What secrets about her country and herself is she trying to uncover, and how are they linked to Ernst, her nonbinary lover? How does her story — and that of her father, her mother, her daughter and grandsons — reflect and change the history of her homeland? The novel is structured like indigenous myth, where past, present and future do not exist, and where everything is present at once and connected to each other: fairy tales, the struggle against a dictator, poetics, colonialism, motherhood, gender identity, sexual passion, romantic love, and even a recipe for adobo. Eileen R. Tabios uses her pen like Elena uses her whip, provoking tenderness through intense sensation as well as illumination through sensuality and a passionate, hungry mind. 

Reine Arcache Melvin, born and raised in Manila, is a Filipina-American writer and the author of A Normal Life and Other Stories and The Betrayed (Ateneo de Manila University Press). The Betrayed won both the National Book Award and the Palanca Grand Prize for the Novel. A Normal Life won the National Book Award for fiction, and was translated into French and published as Une Vie Normale (Esprit des Peninsules, Paris). She has an MFA in Writing and Literature from Warren Wilson. She received first prize in the Philippine Graphic Literary Awards and a Standard Chartered Bank fellowship to the Hong Kong International Literary Festival, and has been a participant and panelist at the Ubud Writers’ Conference, Bread Loaf, the AWP Conference in the U.S., the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, University of London), and other literary events and festivals. Her short stories have appeared in numerous literary reviews and anthologies in the United States, France and the Philippines. She has worked as a journalist, translator and editor for various international publications, including the International Herald Tribune; co-edited literary reviews in New York and Paris; and edited an anthology of contemporary Philippine poetry. She lives in Paris.


Brooklyn Rail's 288th New Social Environment
Josiah McElheny in conversation with Charlotte Kent
Closed by a poetry reading by Eileen Tabios
YOUTUBE Video is available HERE.
Monday, May 3, 2021, 10 a.m. Pacific Time


viz Facebook Live
January 3, 2020 
10 a.m. - noon, Pacific/Honolulu time
First TinFish journal under new leadership of Jaimie Gusman Nagle

(TinFish Editor Jaimie Nagle)

(My dog Nova's first poetry reading)


DANCING WITH UNCERTAINTY: How Can Trickster Energies Renew Humanity and Earth
Sponsor: The Society of Indigenous and Ancestral Wisdom and Healing
Virtual Conference, Nov. 22, 2020
Presenting with Leny Strobel, Lizae Reyes, Mila Anguluan and Matt Manalo on "Indigenous Futurism"


August 1, 2020


with Dr. Jeannie Celestial: "Courage in Adversity"
July 26, 2020


"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
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 –


Non-Virtual Events:
The Mark Allen Everett Poetry Series (University of Oklahoma)
Norman, Oklahoma
April 10, 2019

HAY(NA)KU 15-Year Anniversary Celebration @ San Francisco Public Library 
"19-Poem Hay(na)ku Exhibition" at Filipino American Center, San Francisco Public Library
Aug. 25-Dec. 6, 2018

HAY(NA)KU Exhibit @ Saint Helena Public Library
Saint Helena, CA
December 2018

Hay(na)ku Poetry Reading and Celebration with a Dance Performance, Drinks, Snacks, and a Birthday Cake! At San Francisco Main Public Library
September 8, 2018

May 6, 2018

April 26, 2018

Lecture & Workshop at Sonoma State University
April 9, 2018

Filipinx Poets Reading Sponsored by PAWA and The Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco
San Francisco, March 28, 2018

Berkeley High School, March 8, 2017

Words@Manoa, University of Hawai'i, Oct. 19, 2017

San Francisco, Oct. 14, 2017

San Francisco Public Library, Oct. 7, 2017

Leny's Casa, Santa Rosa, Sept. 17, 2017

May14, 2017

April 20-23, 2017

April 19, 2007

April 14, 2017

April 5, 2017

Jan. 29, 2017

Oct. 29, 2016

Oct. 22, 2016

Sept. 17, 2016

May 5, 2016

April 27, 2016
April 16, 2017

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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Saturday, January 2, 2021


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.