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

Friday, May 28, 2021



Virtual Events:

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.


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


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


KAPWA: Filipino Writers on History, Legacy and Building Community
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

I also read a brief excerpt from DOVELION!

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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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