Edith Tiempo

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Edith L. Tiempo (April 22, 1919 – August 21, 2011),[1] poet, fiction writer, teacher and literary critic was a Filipino writer in the English language.

Tiempo was born in Quezon City, but later became a resident of Kawit, Cavite.

Her poems are intricate verbal transfigurations of significant experiences as revealed, in two of her much anthologized pieces, "Halaman" 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.



  • A Blade of Fern (1978)
  • His Native Coast (1979)
  • The Alien Corn (1992)
  • One, Tilting Leaves (1995)
  • The Builder (2004)
  • The Jumong (2006)

Short story collections[edit]

  • Abide, Joshua, and Other Stories (1964)

Poetry collection[edit]

  • The Tracks of Babylon and Other Poems (1966)
  • The Charmer's Box and Other Poet (1993)
  • Marginal Annotations and Other Poems

Honors and awards[edit]


  1. ^ "National Artist for Literature Edith Tiempo dies: report". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2011-08-21.