Eileen Tabios

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Eileen Tabios

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

Born in Ilocos Sur, Philippines, Eileen Tabios moved to the United States at the age of 10. She holds a B.A. in political science from Barnard College and a M.B.A. in economics and international business from New York University Graduate School of Business. Her last corporate career was in international project finance. She began to write poetry in 1995.

She has released 14 print, four electronic and 1 CD poetry collections, an art essay collection, a poetry essay/interview anthology, and a short story book. She has created a unique 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.

Recipient of the Philippines’ National Book Award for Poetry, Ms. Tabios has edited or co-edited five 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).

Her poetry and editing projects have received numerous awards including the PEN/Oakland-Josephine Miles National 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 Association of Librarians 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.

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


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 Evelina M. 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 Collection (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)
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