Barbara Jane Reyes
|Barbara Jane Reyes|
|Occupation||Poet, Editor, Teacher|
|Notable works||Poeta en San Francisco, Diwata|
|Notable awards||James Laughlin Award|
Barbara Jane Reyes is an American poet whose work "explores the translatable and untranslatable collisions of writing, self and culture."
She was born in Manila, Philippines and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her B.A. in Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. As an undergraduate, "served as editor in chief for maganda magazine, and witnessed the emergence of Filipino American literary figures."
She received her M.F.A. at San Francisco State University. She is the author of Gravities of Center (Arkipelago, 2003), Poeta en San Francisco (Tinfish, 2005), for which she received the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets, and Diwata (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2010).
Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous publications, including 2nd Avenue Poetry, Asian Pacific American Journal, Boxcar Poetry Review, Chain, Crate, Interlope, New American Writing, Nocturnes Review, North American Review, Notre Dame Review, Parthenon West Review, as well as in the anthologies Babaylan (Aunt Lute Books, 2000), Eros Pinoy (Anvil, 2001), InvAsian: Asian Sisters Represent (Study Center Press, 2003), Going Home to a Landscape (Calyx, 2003), Coloring Book (Rattlecat, 2003), Not Home But Here (Anvil, 2003), Pinoy Poetics (Meritage, 2004), Asian Americans in the San Francisco Bay Area (Avalon Publishing, 2004), 100 Love Poems: Philippine Love Poetry Since 1905 (University of the Philippines Press, 2004), Red Light: Superheroes, Saints and Sluts (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2005), and Graphic Poetry (Victionary, 2005).
Full-Length Poetry Collections
- Diwata (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2010).
- Poeta en San Francisco (Tinfish Press, 2005).
- Gravities of Center (Arkipelago Books, 2003).
- To love as Aswang: songs, fragments and found objects (Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc., 2015)
- Invocation to Daughters (City Lights Publishers, 2017).
- Easter Sunday (Ypolita Press, 2008).
- Cherry (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2008).
- West Oakland Sutra for the AK-47 Shooter at 3:00 AM and other Oakland poems (Deep Oakland Editions, 2008).
- "One Question, Several Answers." Kartika Review, Spring 2010.
- "The Night Manny Pacquiao KO’ed Oscar De La Hoya." The Rumpus, 2009.
- “Estuary,” “Cherry,” “Pink.” Octopus Magazine, Issue 8.
- “[galleon prayer],” “[a compendium of angels],” “[diwata taga ilog at dagat].” HOW2, 2006.
- RAINTAXI online Winter 2006/2007 Archived October 15, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
- The Sword Review - An Interview with Barbara Jane Reyes, Author of Gravities of Center
- Academy of American Poets > James Laughlin Award
- BOA Editions, Ltd. Archived December 6, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
- Tinfish Press Archived June 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
- Ypolita Press
- Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs - Barbara Jane Reyes
- Deep Oakland Editions - West Oakland Sutra for the AK-47 Shooter at 3:00 AM and other Oakland poems
Reviews and Interviews
- National Book Critics Circle: Small Press Spotlight September 2010
- RAINTAXI online Winter 2006/2007
- The Pedestal Magazine > Archives > ISSUE THIRTY-FIVE Aug-Oct (06) > Reviews > Barbara Jane Reyes's Poeta en San Francisco reviewed by Collin Kelley
- Eileen Tabios interviews Barbara Jane Reyes and Paolo Javier