Eileen R. Tabios is a poet working in multiple genres and in-between. She also loves books by writing, reading, publishing, critiquing, romancing and advocating for them. This blog will feature her bibliophilic activities with posts on current book engagements and links to her books and projects related to books.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016


the word 
throughout the universe!
Several hay(na)ku original hands have banned together for what will be the most fun poetry award this century: the first hay(na)ku single author poetry contest. And remember xPress(ed), that most brilliant poetry press helmed by Jukka-Pekka Kervinen? It's resuscitating itself to co-sponsor this award! Yes, the deadline is in December 2017, but that's to give you time to put together a manuscript if you don't already have one!
Check out the details at the CONTEST PAGE--
One / Two Three / Go Go Go!

Sunday, October 23, 2016


Always happy to note Philip Lamantia Day! Go over to Steven Fama's glade for a timely quote!

Saturday, October 22, 2016


I was blessed to participate in this event earlier today:

(click on images to enlarge)

Napa Bookmine First Annual Local Authors Fest in Celebration of California Writer's Week
Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, Noon-2 p.m.
964 Pearl Street
Napa, CA 94559

Here are some photos from the event!

(AMNESIA is a Napa Bookmine Staff Pick!)

(the lovely, hard-working staff)

While manning a table, there'll be the occasional lull when no one is in front of you and you start casting your eyes about. In my case, I cast my eyes downward and saw the back covers of my books, including older books. And I ended up reading back cover blurbs that I'd not read in years -- as when Kevin Killian blurbed Menage a Trois With the 21st Century and when Tan Lin blurbed Black Lightning. And read them and thought, Hey, those old books aren't bad, are they?! :)Thanks to the blurbers!

Thursday, October 20, 2016


We've heard of Flash Fiction, yes? Well, I started on a new form (new for me; don't know if others have done it): Flash Autobiography.  (Do let me know if you know of other writers doing this as I'd like to see how they're doing it.) The first four of my series are up Queen Mob's Tea House who has been so welcoming of my "misfit" documents--thank you Reb Livingston!

The first four are the first -- I hope to get more hewed muscles into future attempts with that kind of intensity that compresses coal into diamond. But, meanwhile, I hope these entertain (or do something for) you ... and if you're a poet, of course I wasn't referring to you!

Friday, October 7, 2016


[Please Forward; this is also a CALL FOR POEMS--see UPDATE below]

It's October 4! And I am so grateful I have managed to hew to my 2016 New Year's Resolution to write everyday on a long-form novel! It's been/is a new experience--I'm grateful for it. But I didn't expect that, from yesterday's writing, the novel would generate a new variation of the hay(na)ku. I'm calling it the "Rippled Mirror Hay(na)ku" because, as you can see by its inaugural manifestation below, the "reflection" is not exact.

In the novel, I was writing a section relating to dictators and it spawned this new hay(na)ku poem:
corrupts absolutely"--
you provided proof. 
Your life proved
"Absolute corruption

I shared it with Vince Gotera, the poet who (you might recall) came up with the final name for the hay(na)ku (you can see the form's History HERE).  He responded brilliantly with one of his own:
Donald Trump.
Best president ever. 
Bust. President never.
Donald Trump.

Entonces, I'm initiating a call for poems in the "Rippled Mirror Hay(na)ku" form, as you may interpret it. The "ripple" refers to how the reflection is not exact between the two tercets. If I receive enough poems by Nov. 15, I'll write a feature presenting them in the next issue of Galatea Resurrects (A Poetry Engagement).
the Word:
"Rippled Mirror Hay(na)ku"!!!
Deadline: Nov. 15, 2016
Send by email (in body of email) to me at galateaten@gmail.com

UPDATE: I am expanding this call to include the "Cleave Hay(na)ku" form newly invented by Vince Gotera.  The "Cleave" is two hay(na)ku side-by-side, where the hay(na)ku on the left is read as one poem, the hay(na)ku on the right is read as a second poem, and then both hay(na)ku are read as a third, combined poem, both first lines together, then the second lines, and finally both third lines. Vince demonstrates with

live forever
like strange ghosts
you know
that people eat

—Draft by Vince Gotera    [Do not copy or quote . . . thanks.]

Here are the three different poems that we can read:
left side
right side
mushrooms live forever like strange ghosts
do you know that people eat
mushrooms do live forever you know like strange ghosts that people eat
More information can be seen on Vince's blog HERE.


Go HERE to see all the Hay(na)ku Variations possible. If you know more, let me know and I'll add to the list!

Thursday, October 6, 2016


I'm grateful to Melissa Studdard for recommending my poem "It's Curtains" in VIDA's series, "Voices of Bettering American Poetry 2015." The poem is one of the poems in my Marsh Hawk Press book, THE CONNOISSEUR OF ALLEYS.

Thank you, Melissa! What GREAT COMPANY to be noted in the company of works by Claudia Rankine, Kaveh Akbar, Lois P. Jones, Hafizah Geter, Jennifer Givhan, Pamela Uschuk, and Kamilah Aisha Moon.

Friday, September 30, 2016


Knives, Forks and Spoons Press, publisher of my forthcoming THE OPPOSITE OF CLAUSTROPHOBIA: Prime's Anti-Autobiography, has instituted a "Subscription Scheme" for U.K. residents.  The "scheme" (I love that) is HERE, but I replicate below for convenience:

for books published between 2016 and 2017
Receive a welcome pack of books from our backlist worth at least £50, selected by the editor.
And receive forthcoming titles from the following poets as they are published:
Alison Gibb
Wendy Heath
Helen Ivory
Camilla Nelson
Eileen Tabios
Steve Willie
Receive a welcome pack of books from our backlist worth at least £100, selected by the editor.
And receive forthcoming titles from the following poets as they are published:
Rob Burton
Nikki Dudley
Alison Gibb
Jesse Glass
Wendy Heath
Helen Ivory
Ira Lightman
Bruno Neiva
Camilla Nelson
Eileen Tabios
Steve Willey