Barbara Jane Reyes

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Barbara Jane Reyes
Manila, Philippines
OccupationPoet, Editor, Teacher
Notable worksPoeta en San Francisco, Diwata
Notable awardsJames Laughlin Award
SpouseOscar Bermeo

Barbara Jane Reyes is an American poet whose work "explores the translatable and untranslatable collisions of writing, self and culture."[1]


Barbara Jane Reyes 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, Reyes "served as editor in chief for maganda magazine, and witnessed the emergence of Filipino American literary figures."[2]

Reyes 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,[3] 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).

Reyes is an adjunct professor at University of San Francisco’s Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program. She has previously taught Creative Writing at Mills College, and Philippine Studies at University of San Francisco. She co-edits Doveglion Press, a publisher of political literature,[4] with her husband poet Oscar Bermeo. Reyes currently resides in Oakland, California.

Published works[edit]

Full-length poetry collections

  • Gravities of Center (Arkipelago Books, 2003).
  • Poeta en San Francisco (Tinfish Press, 2005).[5]
  • Diwata (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2010).[6]
  • To Love as Aswang: songs, fragments and found objects (Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc., 2015).
  • Invocation to Daughters (City Lights Publishers, 2017).


Poems online

  • “Estuary,” “Cherry,” “Pink.” Octopus Magazine, Issue 8.
  • “[galleon prayer],” “[a compendium of angels],” “[diwata taga ilog at dagat].” HOW2, 2006.
  • "The Night Manny Pacquiao KO’ed Oscar De La Hoya." The Rumpus, 2009.
  • "One Question, Several Answers." Kartika Review, Spring 2010.


  1. ^ RAINTAXI online Winter 2006/2007 Archived October 15, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "The Sword Review - An Interview with Barbara Jane Reyes, Author of Gravities of Center". Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2009-10-08.
  3. ^ Academy of American Poets > James Laughlin Award
  4. ^ "Barbara Jane Reyes". Poetry Foundation. Poetry Foundation. 2018-11-07. Retrieved 2018-11-08.CS1 maint: others (link)
  5. ^ Tinfish Press Archived June 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ BOA Editions, Ltd. Archived December 6, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Ypolita Press
  8. ^ Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs - Barbara Jane Reyes
  9. ^ "Deep Oakland Editions - West Oakland Sutra for the AK-47 Shooter at 3:00 AM and other Oakland poems". Archived from the original on 2011-05-22. Retrieved 2009-10-08.

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