Eileen Tabios

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Eileen Tabios (born 1960) is an award-winning Filipino-American poet,[1] fiction writer, conceptual/visual artist, editor, anthologist, critic, and publisher.

Born in Ilocos Sur, Philippines, Tabios moved to the United States at the age of ten. She holds a B.A. in political science from Barnard College and an M.B.A. in economics and international business from New York University Graduate School of Business. Her last corporate career was involved with international project finance. She began to write poetry in 1995.

Her poetry career[edit]

Tabios has released over 20 print and five electronic poetry collections, a CD poetry collections, an art essay collection, a poetry essay/interview anthology, a novel, and a short story book.[2] Tabios has created a body of work melding transcolonialism with ekphrasis. Inventor of the poetic form called "hay(na)ku," she has had her poems translated into Spanish, Tagalog, Japanese, Italian, Paintings, Video, Drawings, Visual Poetry, Mixed Media Collages, Kali Martial Arts, Modern Dance and Sculpture.

Tabios has edited, co-edited or conceptualized ten books of poetry, fiction and essays released in the United States. She also founded and edits the poetry review journal, "GALATEA RESURRECTS, a Poetry Engagement".

She is the founder of Meritage Press, a multidisciplinary literary and arts press based in St. Helena, California.


In addition to receiving the Philippines’ National Book Award for Poetry, her poetry and editing projects have also received numerous awards including the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award, The Potrero Nuevo Fund Prize, the Gustavus Meyers Outstanding Book Award in the Advancement of Human Rights, Foreword Magazine Anthology of the Year Award, Poet Magazine's Iva Mary Williams Poetry Award, Judds Hill's Annual Poetry Prize and the Philippine American Writers & Artists’ Catalagan Award; recognition from the Academy of American Poets, the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association and the PEN/Open Book Committee; as well as grants from the Witter Bynner Foundation, National Endowment of the Arts, the New York State Council on the Humanities, the California Council for the Humanities, and the New York City Downtown Cultural Council.


Each of the following is a poetry collection unless stated otherwise
  • After the Egyptians Determined The Shape of the World is a Circle
  • Black Lightning (poetry interviews/essays)
  • Beyond Life Sentences
  • The Anchored Angel (Jose Garcia Villa), As Editor
  • BABAYLAN: FILIPINA WRITING, As Editor (with Nick Carbo)
  • Ecstatic Mutations (poems and poetics prose)
  • My Romance (art essays with poems)
  • Bridgeable Shores (Luis Cabalquinto), As Editor
  • The Empty Flagpole (CD)
  • Reproductions of the Empty Flagpole
  • Screaming Monkeys, As Editor (with M. Evelina Galang and others)
  • Gravities of Center (Barbara Jane Reyes), As Editor
  • Behind The Blue Canvas (short stories)
  • Menage A Trois With the 21st Century
  • The Estrus Gaze(s)
  • Crucial Bliss Epilogues
  • Songs of the Colon
  • Enheduanna in the 21st Century
  • FOOTNOTE POEMS: There, Where The Pages Would End
  • I TAKE THEE, ENGLISH, FOR MY BELOVED (multi-genre poetry)
  • Pinoy Poetics (developed by Eileen Tabios; edited by Nick Carbo)
  • Poems Form/From The Six Directions
  • The Secret Lives of Punctuations, Vol. I
  • The First Hay(na)ku Anthology (developed by Eileen Tabios; edited by Mark Young & Jean Vengua)
  • The Hay(na)ku Anthology, Vol. 2 (developed by Eileen Tabios; edited by Mark Young & Jean Vengua)
  • It's Curtains
  • THE SINGER And Others
  • The Light Sang As It Left Your Eyes (multi-genre poetry)
  • The Blind Chatelaine's Keys (biography with haybun)
  • THE CHAINED HAY(NA)KU PROJECT ANTHOLOGY, As Curator (with Ivy Alvarez, John Bloomberg-Rissman and Ernesto Priego)
  • THE THORN ROSARY: Selected Prose Poems & New 1998-2010 (Edited with an Introduction by Thomas Fink; Afterword by Joi Barrios)
  • SILK EGG: Collected Novels (2009-2009)
  • the relational elations of ORPHANED ALGEBRA (with j/j hastain)
  • 5 Shades of Gray
  • THE AWAKENING: A Long Poem Triptych & A Poetics Fragment
  • 147 MILLION ORPHANS (mmxi-mml)
  • SUN STIGMATA (Sculpture Poems)
  • AGAINST MISANTHROPY: A Life in Poetry (1995-2015)
  • INVENT(ST)ORY: Selected Catalog Poems and New (1996-2015)[3]


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