Tiempo was born in Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya. Her poems are intricate verbal transfigurations of significant experiences as revealed, in two of her much anthologized pieces, "Lament for the Littlest Fellow" and "Bonsai." As fictionist, Tiempo is as morally profound. Her language has been marked as "descriptive but unburdened by scrupulous detailing." She is an influential tradition in Philippine Literature in English. Together with her late husband, writer and critic Edilberto K. Tiempo, they founded (in 1962) and directed the Silliman National Writers Workshop in Dumaguete City, which has produced some of the Philippines' best writers.
She was conferred the National Artist Award for Literature in 1999.
|Library resources about
|By Edith Tiempo|
- A Blade of Fern (1978)
- His Native Coast (1979)
- The Alien Corn (1992)
- One, Tilting Leaves (1995)
- The Builder (2004)
- The Jumong (2006)
- Abide, Joshua, and Other Stories (1964)
- The Corral
- The Tracks of Babylon and Other Poems (1966)
- The Charmer's Box and Other Poet (1993)
- Marginal Annotations and Other Poems
Honors and awards
- National Artist Award for Literature (1999)
- Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature
- Cultural Center of the Philippines (1979, First Prize in Novel)
- Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas (1988)
- "National Artist for Literature Edith Tiempo dies: report". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2011-08-21.
- Philippine National Artists for Literature Retrieved August 28, 2005.