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.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

PHILIPPINE AMERICAN PUBLISHERS CONSORTIUM

[Please feel free to forward]

PRESS RELEASE

Contacts:                                                                                 May/June, 2016
Cecilia Brainard at cbrainard@gmail.com


PHILIPPINE AMERICAN PUBLISHERS CONSORTIUM FORMED

A group of book publishers which publishes Philippine and Fil-American literature has created the Philippine American Publishers Consortium, or PAPC. The group’s primary goal is to enhance the distribution and promotion of its published works.

PAPC’s inaugural members are Carayan Press, Center for Babaylan Studies, Meritage Press, PALH (Philippine American Literary House), PAWA Inc., and Sawaga River Press.  Together, these publishers offer Filipino American books in the genres of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, art and children’s literature. Many of their writers have won awards in the U.S., the Philippines and other countries.

Recent or forthcoming titles from PAPC members are:
  • #30 Collantes Street, by Lisa Suguitan Melnick (Carayan Press)
  • To Love as Aswang, by Barbara Jane Reyes (PAWA, Inc.)
  • Coming Full Circle: The Process of Decolonization among Post-1965 Filipino Americans, 2nd Edition, by Leny M. Strobel
  • Verses Typhoon Yolanda: A Storm of Filipino Poets,  edited by Eileen R. Tabios (Meritage Press)
  • A River, One Woman Deep, by Linda Ty-Casper (PALH, forthcoming)
  • Mama, Mama, Know What I like? by Justine Villanueva (Sawaga, forthcoming)

Explaining why she suggested the creation of the consortium, PALH publisher Cecilia Brainard said, “We are making books but our distribution and marketing efforts can be improved. Together, these Filipino American presses can have more presence, clout, and credibility than individual presses could. By sharing information, resources, and in some cases, expenses, we can do a better job at preserving and documenting our own Filipino American (and Filipino) literature and culture.”

PAPC’s plans for disseminating information about its members’ books include a new website and blog at http://philampublishers.blogspot.com. The PAPC site offers each publisher’s information about its catalog, contact information, submissions, forthcoming books and other news. Brainard hopes that the new blog will improve marketing partly by providing a searchable site in the internet as regards Filipino literature.

PAPC also plans to attend book fairs and literary conferences, place ads in targeted markets, offer its members for panel presentations and jointly market each other’s books in their respective networks.

“PAPC’s outreach need not be limited to literary groups,” says Eileen Tabios, founder of Meritage Press. “Any Filipino organization who would like our literature to be represented at their event can contact us for collaboration. We can set up a table at their conference, offer books at reduced prices for door prizes, share our writers as potential speakers, and so on.”

PAPC is open to membership to other book publishers of Philippine and Filipino American literature. For further information, contact palh@aol.com and/or MeritagePress@aol.com. 


AUCTION ITEMS FOR CENTER FOR BABAYLAN STUDIES

You are invited to a unique dinner fundraising for the Center for Babaylan Studies' Third Annual Conference in Vancouver this September; the event will take place June 18, 2016 in Santa Rosa, CA, per flyer below (CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE):

I'm happy to share that among the silent auction items will be three of my recent books, accompanied by two bottles of Rhone wine.  WINEPOETICS in action!







Thursday, May 19, 2016

PRE-PUBLICATION SPECIAL FOR AMNESIA: SOMEBODY'S MEMOIR!

Stellar poetry press Black Radish Books has set up its Late Summer/Fall Pre-Publication Special Offer and AMNESIA: SOMEBODY'S MEMOIR is one of its three featured books. The others are AFTER PROJECTS THE RESOUND by Kimberly Alidio and THE GHOST MANADA by Marci Nelligan. I hope you check out our poetry collections, and BRB's Pre-Publication Offer is a bargain. Go HERE for more info! Meanwhile, here's the first draft of my book's front cover, with cover art by the magnificent poet-artist-musician Jukka-Pekka Kervinen:






Tuesday, May 17, 2016

PAPC!

means Philippine American Publishing Consortium and I'm delighted to announce its new blog that offers information about PAPC:


The blog began with three publishers (including Meritage Press) but you can keep checking the blog as more publishers are being added in the future.

Thanks to Fil-Am fictionist Cecilia Brainard for the idea! It is our hope that PAPC will enable joint marketing and informational support among these publishers. The future likely will include the FilAm International Book Fest, AWP and Frankfurt Book Festival.





A ROYALTY CHECK FOR POETRY

doesn't happen a lot. So I'm duly noting for THE CONNOISSEUR OF ALLEYS:




Saturday, May 14, 2016

I LOVE LIBRARY SALES!


The St. Helena Public Library often features a sale of books (including donated books)--paperbacks for 50 cents and hardbacks for a buck. This meant I recently scored a GORGEOUS edition of POLAND / 1931 by Jerome Rothenberg that was published by Unicorn Press.  I told the librarian I thought it so odd to find it on that cart featured above. The librarian replied it was part of someone's personal library donated to the library. Loving the mind of someone who would own Rothenberg's gorgeous book, I looked at the rest of the books donated by that person -- and bought them all! I don't feature them here as they're not poetry but, still. 





As you might glean from the images, POLAND / 1931 isn't just any ol' book. It is wonderfully produced as you can see from the following images, including its colophon:





Instead of bound pages, there are twelve "leaves" which are folded paper that present the text; as "leaves," they are fabulous since they are made out of a handmade Japanese paper, "Hosho." 

When you open the book, there are four photo montages by Eleanor Antin that you can take out of its sleeve:


Rothenberg's poems are already powerful but their impact was enhanced by the nature of the book design.


(click on images to enlarge)

Perhaps this will be the best dollar I'll have spent this year!  Thank you, St. Helena Library!  

Relatedly, here’s an update of my Recently Bought Poetry List of books by poets or about poets/poetry. 

POLAND / 1931 by Jerome Rothenberg

NEXT TO LAST WORDS by Daniel Hoffman 

INFERNO: A POET’S NOVEL by Eileen Myles

THE RAVICKIANS by Renee Gladman

DEEP CITY by Megan Kaminski

PLAN / K. by Kristi Maxwell

A GAME OF CORRESPONDENCE by Valerie Witte

PROVIDENCE by Megan Kaminski

NESTING INSTINCT by Jesse Nissim

THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE by Kate Colby

DEBTS & LESSONS by Lynn Xu

WHEN THEY HAVE SENSES by Rosmarie Waldrop

HANDBOOK FOR HANDS THAT ALTER AS WE HOLD THEM OUT by Kate Schapira

THE ARGONAUTS by Maggie Nelson

ONGOINGNESS: THE END OF A DIARY by Sarah Manguso

LIFE-LIST by Jessica Smith

TRIBUTE by Stephen Romer

I’M VERY INTO YOU: CORRESPONDENCE 1995-1996 by Kathy Acker & McKenzie Wark

FUTURES TRADING: ANTHOLOGY THREE edited by Caleb Puckett

TO SPEAK WHILE DREAMING by Eleni Sikelianos

AGE OF BLIGHT: STORIES by Kristine Ong Muslim

EVERYTHING WE MET CHANGED FORM & FOLLOWED THE REST by Jessica Comola





Friday, May 13, 2016

MERITAGE PRESS' "BABAYLAN SERIES"

I'm excited that I and Meritage Press will be part of a new organization to showcase the beautiful works of Filipino authors. While Meritage Press is not an only Filipino press, it contains a "Babaylan Series" through which it develops and publishes works by Filipino writers.  Here's a description below that will be used for announcing the new Filipino organization--more details to follow but, meanwhile, please enjoy Meritage Press' "Babaylan Series"! It's been an honor to publish these works!

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MeritagePress is a literary and arts press founded by Eileen R. Tabios in 2001. The press encompasses a “Babaylan Series” focused on Filipino-authored works. The press publishes poetry but is open to other genres including memoirs and visual and performing art documents. The press originally was created to publish PINOY POETICS: A Collection of Autobiographical and Critical Essays on Filipino and Filipino American Poetics, edited by Nick Carbo. PINOY POETICS reflects Meritage Press’ belief that Filipino literature needs to receive more publishing attention on the global stage.


Meritage Press’ Publisher:
Eileen R. Tabios loves books and has released about 40 collections of poetry, fiction, essays, and experimental biographies from publishers in nine countries and cyberspace. Recipient of the Philippines’ National Book Award for Poetry for her first poetry collection, she has seen her poems translated into eight languages as well as inspire collaborations involving computer-generated hybrid languages, paintings, video, kali martial marts, modern dance, among others. She also has edited, co-edited or conceptualized ten anthologies of poetry, fiction and essays as well as served as editor or guest editor for various literary journals. Inventor of the poetic form “hay(na)ku, she maintains a biblioliphic blog, “Eileen Verbs Books“; edits Galatea Resurrects, a popular poetry review; steers the literary and arts publisher Meritage Press; and frequently curates thematic online poetry projects including LinkedIn Poetry Recommendations (a recommended list of contemporary poetry books). After releasing a collection of short novels, she is currently writing a long-form novel. More information is available at http://eileenrtabios.com


“Babaylan Series” Catalog:
PINOY POETICS: A Collection of Autobiographical and Critical Essays on Filipino and Filipino American Poetics, Editor Nick Carbo

PINOY POETICS was developed by Eileen Tabios to be the first international poetics anthology of Filipino English-language poets. Poet, critic, editor and teacher Nick Carbo edits this unique and groundbreaking collection of autobiographical essays by approximately 40 Filipino poets. The poets discuss the elements inspiring and influencing their poems as well as feature sample poems that illustrate their thoughts. This project was designed to help obviate the historical silencing of voices from the Filipino community, and is appropriate—and necessary—as an educational text for various disciplines including but not limited to poetry, creative writing, multicultural studies, Filipino studies and literature, Asian American literature, humanities, the social sciences and history. A book description and ordering information is available HERE 


VERSES TYPHOON YOLANDA: A Storm of Filipino Poets, Editor Eileen R. Tabios  

Super Typhoon Haiyan—known as Yolanda in the Philippines—was the largest storm ever recorded on land, affecting over 14 million people who became homeless, widowed, orphaned or saw their beloveds die or themselves died in the onslaught of water and wind. In response to Yolanda’s devastation, Filipino poets in the homeland and the diaspora rallied to create a fundraising anthology entitled VERSES TYPHOON YOLANDA: A Storm of Filipino Poets. A book description and ordering information for the anthology of 133 poets is available HERE         


DAWAC and Other Memoir-Narratives by Beatriz Tilan Tabios

DAWAC presents Beatriz Tilan Tabios’ childhood memories of Babaylans (indigenous Filipino healers) and surviving the Japanese invasion of the Philippines during World War II. A book description and ordering information is available HERE



CARLOS VILLA AND THE INTEGRITY OF SPACES, Editor Theodore S. Gonzalves

This long-overdue book takes a critical look at the life and work of one of the most celebrated Filipino American artists of our time and a leading light in the San Francisco Bay Area’s rich history of creative arts. The book includes essays and poetry by Bill Berkson, Theodore S. Gonzalves, David A.M. Goldberg, Mark Dean Johnson, Margo Machida, Moira Roth, and Carlos Villa; it also features a gallery of 77 color and b&w images from Villa's career. A book description and ordering information is available HERE 


ARCHIPELAGO DUST by Karen Llagas

As the contest-winner for the second Filamore Tabios, Sr. Memorial Poetry Prize, Archipelago Dust is the inaugural poetry collection of Karen Llagas. A recipient of a Hedgebrook residency and a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize, she holds an MFA from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers and a BA in Economics from Ateneo de Manila. A lecturer on Filipino language and culture and Southeast Asian literature at UC Berkeley, she also co-authors 500 Tagalog Verbs (forthcoming from Tuttle) and works as Tagalog interpreter and translator. A book description and ordering information is available HERE 


PRAU by Jean Vengua

Prau, Jean Vengua’s inaugural full-length poetry collection, is the winner of the first Filamore Tabios, Sr. Memorial Poetry Prize which was a global competition open to Filipino poets. Vengua's poetry has been published in many print and online journals and anthologies, including Going Home to a Landscape, Babaylan, x-stream, Interlope, Returning a Borrowed Tongue, Fugacity 05, Sidereality, Moria, and Otoliths, and in her chapbook, The Aching Vicinities (Otoliths). With Mark Young, she is editor of The First Hay(na)ku Anthology and Hay(na)ku Anthology, Vol. IIA book description and ordering information is available HERE


THE HAY(NA)KU ANTHOLOGY, VOL. II, Editors Jean Vengua and Mark Young

The "hay(na)ku" is a poetic form invented by Eileen Tabios, as inspired by Richard Brautigan, Jack Kerouac, and Tabios' meditations on the Filipino transcolonial and diasporic experience. The form is deceptively simple: a tercet comprised of one-, two- and three-word lines. It is one of the most popular new poetic forms in recent times. In Vol. II, 51 poets from around the world participate (the prior and first hay(na)ku anthology is now out of print). Reflecting the hay(na)ku's global appeal, the book is co-published with xPress(ed) of Finland. A book description and ordering information is available HERE


THE CHAINED HAY(NA)KU PROJECT, Editors Ivy Alvarez, John Bloomberg-Rissman, Ernesto Priego and Eileen Tabios

The hay(na)ku’s swift popularity would not have been possible without internet-based communication. With the internet's capacity for engendering collaborations, it was inevitable that a collaborative hay(na)ku project such as THE CHAINED HAY(NA)KU would arise. It, of course, was fitting that THE CHAINED HAY(NA)KU began with a 2007 invitation from a blog. In response, nearly a hundred poets and artists from around the world participate in this anthology. This anthology, unlike The First Hay(na)ku Anthology (now out-of-print) and The Hay(na)ku Anthology, Vol. II, focuses on collaborations between two or more authors. Reflecting the hay(na)ku's global appeal, the book is co-published with xPress(ed) of Finland. A book description and ordering information is available HERE


traje de boda by Aileen Ibardaloza

This is the inaugural poetry collection of Aileen Ibardaloza, a poet and memoirist who first trained as a molecular biologist. She grew up in Manila, and studied and traveled around Asia and Europe before joining her family in the United States in 2000. Also the Associate Editor of Our Own Voice Literary Ezine, she has seen writings appear in various online and print media including Manorborn; 1000 Views of Girl Singing (Leafe Press, U.K. and California, 2009); A Taste of Home (Anvil, Manila, 2008); Fellowship; Moria Poetry; and Galatea ResurrectsA book description and ordering information is available HERE 


STAGE PRESENCE: CONVERSATIONS WITH FILIPINO AMERICAN ARTISTS, Editor Theodore S. Gonzalves

STAGE PRESENCE is a collection of essays by and interviews with Filipino American performing artists. It features critically acclaimed and popular artists who have also mentored hundreds of dancers, comedians, theater artists and musicians of all genres. In this rare collection, performers take time off stage to speak about their creative processes, revealing personal frustrations and triumphs, while testifying to the challenges of what it could mean to be an artist of Filipino descent working and living in the United States. Edited by musician and professor Gonzalves, the book features musicians Eleanor Academia, Gabe Baltazar Jr., Danongan Kalanduyan; bandleader and poet Jessica Hagedorn; choreographers and dancers Joel Jacinto, Alleluia Panis, and Pearl Ubungen; and theater artists Remé Grefalda, Allan Manalo and Ralph Peña. The book also includes a thought-provoking foreword by scholar and musician Ricardo D. Trimillos. A book description and ordering information is available HERE 


KALI’S BLADE by Michelle Bautista

Michelle Bautista's inaugural poetry collection, Kali's Blade, is a unique collection of poetry, prose, and collaborations that bring martial arts to the page. Gura Michelle Bautista is a 4th degree black belt in the Kamatuuran school of Kali under the direction of Tuhan Joseph T. Oliva Arriola. She teaches Kali in Oakland, CA. She is a SF Bay Area poet and performer, having worked with Kearney Street Workshop, Bindlestiff Studios, Asian American Theater Company, KulArts, and Teatro Ng Tanan. She has been published in Going Home To A Landscape, Babaylan, maganda magazine, Eros Pinoy, Asian Pacific American Journal, TMP Irregular and MiPoesias MagazineA book description and ordering information is available HERE 


MUSEUM OF ABSENCES by Luis H. Francia

Co-published with the University of the Philippines Press, Museum of Absences grew out of Luis H. Francia's insistent sense of the void that haunts our contemporary lives, whether because of politics, faith, history, or personal circumstance. With such themes as loss, transcendent love, and revelation, the book's three sections introduce us to a wide array of personae, from a Filipino old-timer looking back on a life of invisibility, to Cinderella in middle age, from a grandson communing with his deceased grandparents to a New Yorker responding to the horror of 9/11. However different the masks, the poet's voice remains consistently lyrical, with language heightened by irony, metaphor, and musicality. Francia has received many awards including, as author of the semiautobiographical Eye of the Fish: A Personal Archipelago, the 2002 PEN Center Open Book and the 2002 Asian American Writers literary awards. A recipient of the Palanca Poetry Prize, one of the Philippines’ most prestigious literary honors, Francia also edited Brown River, White Ocean: A Twentieth Century Anthology of Philippine Literature in English; as well as Flippin’: Filipinos on America, with Eric Gamalinda as coeditor; and, along with Angel Velasco Shaw, Vestiges of War: The Philippine-American War and the Aftermath of an Imperial Dream, 1899-1999A book description for MUSEUM OF ABSENCES  and ordering information is available HERE. 


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

THE LITERATURE OF THE PHILIPPINES' MARTIAL LAW

The Philippines just held its elections, electing a President who's been described as possessing dictatorial tendencies, and the son of Ferdinand Marcos being a close second in the Vice Presidential race (in the Philippines the races for President and Vice President are conducted individually/separately).  This makes all the more timely the following list (the link is a Facebook link):

A Working List of Martial Law Literature


About my inclusion, I said on Facebook:
I AM VERY PROUD TO BE PART OF THIS LIST. In poetry I have only one loyalty and it's not to a particular community, country, political bent or trends concocted within the so-called literary industrial complex. Having said that, it would have been ridiculous for a writer of my age and roots not to be on this list. I actually have an unpublished short story manuscript on this theme -- I say that only to stress that this poet of Beauty does not believe she lives in a vacuum. I am very proud to be on this list.

I represent through the following poems and short stories -- and am proud to represent:



POEMS:
“List(ing) Poem: Towards the New Filipino Society” by Eileen Tabios  (1)
“My City of Baguio” by Eileen Tabios  (2 and 3)

“The Rebel’s Son” by Eileen Tabios  (4)

“What Can A Daughter Say?” by Eileen Tabios (2 and 3)

SHORT STORIES:
“Negros” by Eileen R. Tabios

“Force Majeure” by Eileen Tabios

“The Man in a White Suit” by Eileen Tabios

“Redeeming Memory” by Eileen Tabios

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Saturday, May 7, 2016

MARSH HAWK PRESS SPRING BOOK LAUNCH!

The launch was a festive success!  Thanks to everyone for coming. Here are some photographed highlights (click on images to enlarge):

(Book Table at Poets House)

(Burt Kimmelman introduced the readers)

(As the audience started to arrive...)

(Tana Jean Welch, most recent recipient of Marsh Hawk Press Annual Poetry Prize, 
reads from LATEST VOLCANO)

(Paul Pines videoed by George Quasha as he reads from CHARLOTTE SONGS)

(Sandy McIntosh reads from A HOLE IN THE OCEAN: A HAMPTONS' APPRENTICESHIP)

(George Quasha reads from THINGS DONE FOR THEMSELVES)

(Stephen Paul Miller reads from ANY LIE YOU TELL WILL BE THE TRUTH)

(Thomas Fink reads from SELECTED POEMS & POETIC SERIES)

(Eileen Tabios also read from her book THE CONNOISSEUR OF ALLEYS
no photograph of her as she served as photographer)

(After the readings, Jane Augustine offered an introduction to the press since it began 17 years ago!)

(In the audience, Paul Pines with artist Marc Shanker)

(Must be a successful launch when even the press' lawyer, Ron Carlin, shows up!)

(Jane Augustine, MHP accountant and office manager Barbara McIntosh & Thomas Fink)