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

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


"Eileen Tabios: A Literary Force"

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"The Force..."--just a Pinoy Pun on the generous title of an exhibit on some of my books over at the San Francisco Public Library's International Center (3rd floor, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco). The title is courtesy of the exhibit's generous curator who deserves to receive plaudits, not give them: Abraham "Abe" Ignacio. Since about four months ago, Abe has served as Librarian of the SFPL's Filipino American Center. I'm honored, I'm blessed, and I'm grateful. Maraming Salamat, Abe!  Abe is a historian and noted author as well, having released the important The Forbidden Book: The Philippine-American War (co-authored with Helen Toribio, Enrique de la Cruz and Jorge Emmanuel).

Here are photos of the exhibit which also reminds me to say Thank You to my book publishers whose faith I appreciate in publishing me. Featured in the exhibit are publications released through Editions du Cygne (France), Knives Forks and Spoons Press (U.K.), Black Radish BooksTheenk BooksOtoliths, and a few each by Paloma Press and Moria Books/Locofo. Thank you Patrice, Daniel, Irene, Alec, Marthe, Steve, Mark, Aileen and Bill.

Also below are photos of various Filipino- and Filipino-American titles displayed and also curated by Abe. It is great to be surrounded, to be contextualized among, these wonderful works by what is still one of the more overlooked groups within the literary world: Filipino English-language writings.

(Abe Ignacio)

In the marvelous company of:

Thursday, October 19, 2017


2017-2018 The Words @ Mānoa at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa

Book Launch: Love In A Time of Belligerence
Oct. 19, 3:00-4:30 p.m. 

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Shawna Ryan, novelist and Director of Creative Writing

Susan Schultz, who provided Introduction

Amalia Bueno, Jordan Luz and Dr. Kim Compac

Tiare Picard and Susan Schultz

Following the launch, some attendees proceeded to a dinner sponsored by UofH's English Department:

Tiimothy Dyke and Ruth Hsu

Michelle Cruz Skinner

Sunday, October 15, 2017


8-9 p.m., Oct. 14, 2017
at the very hip DOVRE CLUB 
1498 Valencia St., 
San Francisco

Readers from Paloma Press, Locofo Chaps and PALH will present a literary performance featuring Eileen Tabios, Paul Cassinetto, Steve Warner, Wesley St Jo, Melinda de Jesus, John Moore Williams and Veronica Montes.

THE EVENT ALSO SERVED AS A LAST-MINUTE  FUNDRAISER for NAPA VALLEY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FIRE FUND. Copies of Love In A Time of Belligerence were given to donors. Here is photo coverage:

Sunday, October 8, 2017


Oct. 7, 2017
San Francisco Public Library

Eileen participated in a "Hot Off the Presses" Reading as well as moderated a panel on "Ekphrasis" featuring authors reading works inspired by Filipino-American artists. During the day, she was present at the PALH/Paloma Press/Meritage Press Table at the Book Fair.

Hot Off the Press Readers: Gemino Abad, Aileen Cassinetto, Merlinda Bobis, Barbara Jane Reyes, Roberto Flor, moderator Cecilia Brainard, Eileen Tabios, and Janice Sapigao

She officially launched MANHATTAN: An Archaeology at the FilBookFestival as well as introduced LOVE IN A TIME OF BELLIGERENCE for a fundraiser for Puerto Rico relief:

PANEL: Word + Image: Filipino American Art as Inspiration

Moderators: Eileen Tabios and Janna Añonuevo Langholz
Ekphrasis, typically defined as a literary response to a visual work of art, can be valuable to the work of a writer both as a creative exercise and as the impetus for a complete poem or prose piece. During this session, artists from The Filipino American Artist Directory will introduce slides of their art and writers will share their crafted responses.

Panelists include the artists Carlo Ricafort, Kimberley Acebo Arteche, Pam Ybanez, Daniel Ballesteros, and Janna Añonuevo Langholz. Represented writers include Jonel Abellanosa, Aileen Cassinetto, Melinda Luisa de Jesus, Veronica Montes, and Eileen Tabios.  Jean Vengua’s art also will be featured.

As an ekphrasis project, REPRODUCTIONS OF THE EMPTY FLAGPOLE also was distributed to attendees of the ekphrasis panel. Here are more photos of the artists and attendees: